Benjamin Mendy is edging closer to his return from another serious injury that has sidelined him since November’s Manchester derby, where he played the whole 90 minutes but suffered a small tear to the meniscus in his left knee towards the end of the game.
Two months later and the affable 24-year-old is close to a comeback, but how close exactly?
During an Instagram Live session on Wednesday night, Mendy said he is hoping to be back on the pitch next week! The question is, did he mean playing first-team football or being fully involved in training ahead of a later return? Mendy didn’t clarify, but it’s clear that he isn’t too far off now.
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The left-back position has proven troublesome this term for City, with Fabian Delph not performing up to his standards from last season and Oleksandr Zinchenko defensively suspect.
Pep Guardiola has played Aymeric Laporte – who put in an excellent performance there against Liverpool – and Danilo in the position, but still has no specialist left-back when Mendy is injured.
The hope will be that Mendy is back for good this time and can make the position his in the long-term. City are reportedly considering a move for Leicester and England left-back Ben Chilwell in the summer, but will not be investing in a left-back this month.