Eliaquim Mangala lasted just 8 minutes before he had to be withdrawn while representing Manchester City’s under-23 side on Saturday.
The 27-year-old started for Manchester City’s Elite Development Squad against Tottenham under-23s in their Premier League 2 clash, but early in the game picked up a knock and had to be replaced by Taylor Harwood-Bellis.
8. CHANGE | Eliaquim Mangala has picked up an early knock and is replaced by Taylor Harwood-Bellis….
💙 0-0 ⚪️ #mancity
— Man City Academy (@ManCityAcademy) December 15, 2018
It isn’t clear if the problem is serious or if his withdrawal was precautionary, but it will slow down Mangala’s full return to action.
The former FC Porto star has played 45 minutes for the EDS against Blackburn and Leicester recently, with the club carefully handling his comeback from a serious injury.
It is 10 months since Mangala featured at the top level, with a loan move to Everton cut short after just two matches. The centre-back was forced off injured against Crystal Palace with what was reported to be a knee ligament injury.
The Frenchman’s contract is up in June and after a disappointing spell at the Etihad Stadium, he is expected to leave on a free transfer.