Defender Benjamin Mendy to Miss Most of Season With Knee Injury

Physios rushed to Mendy's aid while countryman Yohan Cabaye also checked on his welfare

Mendy's apparent long-term absence from the side will have come as a blow to Guardiola as he prepares his side for Saturday's clash withChelsea, but was hit with another major blow ahead of the trip to the champions as it was confirmed that striker Sergio Agüero was involved in a vehicle crash.

The offseason arrival of Mendy and right back Kyle Walker, two of the most attacking full backs in Europe, has added a new dimension to City's play going forward.

Manchester City held off Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 to win their second straight game to open Group F.

Sergio Aguero's injury lay off is far from ideal for Manchester City, but Benjamin Mendy's absence at left back is likely to be a more taxing problem for manager Pep Guardiola ahead of Saturday's clash with Chelsea.

Having been signed for a whopping £52 million this summer, it was confirmed on Thursday that Benjamin Mendy had ruptured his ACL and will be out of action for up to nine months.

But now, after hearing that he has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, he's maintained his playful online persona and made fun of his strife.

Mendy suffered the injury in the first half of the 5-0 home win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

"Benjamin will undergo surgery [Friday] in Barcelona, and everyone at the club wishes him a speedy recovery".

But Mendy offered hope that he could be back much sooner when he wrote on Twitter: "Bad news guys".

"We thought next summer about looking for another left-back - another replacement - but we will see what we do", he said.

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