Premier League leaders Manchester City have today been dealt a huge boost on the injury front, as defender Benjamin Mendy has returned to training with the rest of the Citizens’ squad.
Mendy, who arrived at the Etihad last summer following a stellar campaign with Monaco last season, has endured an extremely difficult stint in Manchester to this point, with a pair of injuries having restricted the French international to just 5 appearances across all competitions this season.
The second of these injuries, a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament suffered during City’s 5-0 victory over Crystal Palace in September, has kept Mendy out of action since, with the likes of Fabian Delph, Danilo and Oleksandr Zinchenko having filled in in admirable fashion in the months that have followed.
The original timescale for Mendy’s injury suggested that the 23-year-old would be sidelined until April at the earliest, but, as per a huge update this afternoon, the powerful stopper looks to be well ahead of schedule, having returned to training with the rest of Pep Guardiola’s squad earlier today:
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It remains to be seen how close Mendy is to actually stepping foot on the pitch again, but his return to training comes at a crucial time for City, with the club preparing for a potential European giant in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, having all but booked their spot in the competition’s final 8 with a 4-0 drubbing of Basel 3 weeks ago.