Benjamin Mendy heads into surgery, still banters off Jese Rodriguez

Antonio Conte's side have recovered brilliantly after their opening-day defeat to Burnley - and they were only side to beat City home and away last season.

Guardiola suggested on Monday that Mendy still had a chance of featuring in the midweek Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk, but the defender was actually pictured on crutches at the game.

Bad news guys - I'll be joining Injury FC on loan for a couple months with ruptured ACL. but will be back soon & stronger hopefully.


Given City's trip to Chelsea, questions may be asked why Aguero was in the Netherlands 48 hours before such a serious match. "The first impression we have is that he has a broken rib, but exactly how many days he'll be off, I don't know".

After tests in Manchester at the start of the week, the 23-year-old travelled to Spain to see a specialist doctor and further examinations of the knee on Thursday confirmed the extent of the injury.

The Frenchman had been on impressive form since he joined City from Monaco for a reported 52 million pounds ($69.97 million) fee in July.


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 Ag├╝ero was involved in a auto crash.

"We have alternatives in our squad - Danilo, Fabian Delph, Fernandinho, can play there, so we will see as we go along".



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