Benjamin Mendy to Man City

Off to Barcelona: Bad news for Benjamin Mendy

Benjamin Mendy & Man City

The first few weeks of Benjamin Mendy’s Man City career went swimmingly.

Having joined from Monaco in the summer, the French international has slotted into his left wing-back role with ease.

Mendy has shown his power, pace and wicked left-footed deliveries during his first few Premier League appearances, but he may now have to wait a while before he impresses again.

Man City thrashed Crystal Palace 5-0 last weekend. But Mendy had to leave the action in the first half with an injury.

Earlier this week, Pep Guardiola suggested Mendy could return for the Champions League match against Shakthar. The City boss said: “He is going to take a test to see if he’s going to be able to play.”

That comment now sees to have been very optimistic.

Off to Barcelona

It’s been confirmed on Tuesday that Man City have sent Mendy to Barcelona for more tests.

The Sky Blues want to find out just how bad the Frenchman’s knee injury is, and for how long he’ll be on the sidelines.

Man City fear Mendy has damaged knee ligaments.

Should that prove to be the case, Mendy could be sidelined for months rather than weeks.

Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk

Although both sides are in great form, Manchester City’s relentless attack is likely to prove too much for their Ukrainian visitors.

Guardiola has a particularly good personal record against Shakhtar and will be expecting to keep that up on Tuesday night.

Guardiola’s side have now scored 23 goals in their last five matches, conceding just one goal in the same period.

City have never faced Shakhtar in Europe before, but Guardiola was in charge of the Bayern Munich side that beat them 7-0 in 2015.

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