Sky Sports relayed the news:
Sky Sports News @SkySportsNews
BREAKING: Pep Guardiola says defender @benmendy23 out until April with anterior cruciate ligament injury #SSN https://t.co/CzZZgSpJZM2017-9-29 12:46:24
Mendy suffered the injury during last weekend's 5-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Per Goal's Sam Lee, Guardiola is anticipating he will be back for the business end of the UEFA Champions League, should City progress that far:
Sam Lee @Sammy_Goal
Guardiola saying Mendy will be back for CL semis means he will be out for 5-6 months, as medical staff initially feared early on this week2017-9-29 12:51:48
Mendy is trying to maintain a positive outlook amid the disappointing news:
Benjamin Mendy @benmendy23
Bad news guys 😞 ll be joining Injury FC on loan for a couple monthes with ruptured ACL... but will be back soon & stronger hopefully 🙏🏾2017-9-28 18:07:11
Losing the 23-year-old for the majority of the season will be a big blow to City as he is not only an excellent player, he's also their only natural left-back.
Danilo can provide cover there, but he's also the back-up right-back should Kyle Walker be absent.
Guardiola may be forced into deploying midfielders Fabian Delph or Fernandinho there, though that would hardly be ideal.
City have an overwhelming amount of firepower going forward, but Mendy's injury leaves them weaker at the back and vulnerable on the left flank, which could jeopardise their title chances.