Benjamin Mendy’s absence against Burnley explained as he suffers setback

Benjamin Mendy has suffered a minor setback in his return from injury, with Pep Guardiola revealing that the French left-back missed today’s FA Cup win over Burnley due to swelling in his knee.

The 24-year-old was conspicuous by his absence on the team sheet and was active on social media during the match, offering running commentary of the game.

After the game, Pep said Mendy’s knee had swollen up, a common issue when returning from such an injury, and without saying how long it’ll sideline Mendy for, hopes he can return soon.

“He has a little bit of swelling in the knee, and that’s all,” said Guardiola. “It’s a danger you can have sometimes when you come back. He needs time.

“It is a problem, but it’s OK. We move forward and hopefully he can come back soon.”

That makes Mendy a doubt for Tuesday night’s visit to Newcastle and the hope will be that he can regain fitness in time for Arsenal’s visit to the Etihad next weekend.

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