Benjamin Mendy undergoes surgery on his left knee and faces spell out

Manchester City face another spell without left-back Benjamin Mendy after the French left-back underwent surgery on his left knee tonight.

City have confirmed that the 24-year-old attended Dr. Cugat’s clinic in Barcelona where scans revealed that surgery was needed, and that was carried out on Wednesday.

The club have not given a timescale for Mendy’s return, but he is expected to be out for a considerable period, and looks set to miss much of the Premier League champions’ busy festive period.

Concerns arose after the popular full-back had to withdraw from national team duty with France despite completing 90 minutes in the Manchester derby on Sunday.

It turns out that Mendy suffered a small tear to the meniscus in his left knee towards the end of the game, and after several injuries since his arrival from Monaco, including the serious one that kept him out for much of last season, he will again have a spell on the sidelines.

In Mendy’s absence, Pep Guardiola can again call on Fabian Delph – who will captain England against the USA tomorrow – and Oleksandr Zinchenko, who has impressed in his appearances at left-back this season. Aymeric Laporte and Danilo are two other options for the position, which City do not lack cover for, but perhaps do lack a player with Mendy’s explosive attacking and crossing ability.

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