Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy Underwent Surgery for Knee Injury

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistNovember 14, 2018

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Benjamin Mendy of Manchester City runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Manchester City and France international left-back Benjamin Mendy had surgery on his left knee on Wednesday.

The Citizens announced the news via their official website, detailing how the former AS Monaco defender travelled to Barcelona for the surgery, which took place at the clinic of Dr. Ramon Cugat.

Mendy withdrew from the France squad following his participation in Sunday's derby win against Manchester United in the Premier League.

No timetable has been set for Mendy's recovery after this latest procedure. However, the player sounded optimistic after the surgery, even making light of his popularity among fantasy football players:

Benjamin Mendy @benmendy23

Other knee was jealous but the operation went well and its all good now 😘 be back soon guys u just have to found another FPL captain for some games 😝✌🏾 https://t.co/RD5ZGGkhMS

This is the second time Mendy has had surgery for problems with his knees since moving to Manchester last summer. He signed for City in a then-world-record deal for a defender, worth £52 million, after helping Monaco win the Ligue 1 title in the 2016/17 campaign.

Mendy's debut season at the Etihad Stadium was curtailed when he tore the ACL in his right knee, forcing him to miss seven months.

He returned at the start of this season and added an extra dimension to City's already awesome attack.

With his pace, power and relentless running, Mendy has become an invaluable creative outlet for Pep Guardiola's side:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Benjamin Mendy has provided more assists (5) than any other player in the Premier League this season. He's hungry. 🦈 https://t.co/kdWTXYPo4H

Mendy's absence will leave Guardiola leaning on the versatility of certain players. Last season, it involved utilising converted midfielders Fabian Delph and Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Alternatively, centre-back Aymeric Laporte is also left-footed and has the technique in possession to handle coming out of the middle to play full-back.

One positive for Guardiola is that Danilo recently returned to training after an injury picked up on international duty with Brazil, per Joe Bray of the Manchester Evening News. The former Real Madrid man can play ub either full-back spot and gives Guardiola a true defender if the manager opts against turning to a natural left-footer to stand in for Mendy.

Delph filled in for Mendy last season.
Delph filled in for Mendy last season.OLI SCARFF/Getty Images

Losing Mendy is an obvious blow, although City still managed to become the first team to win the Premier League with 100 points despite missing him for most of last season.

Guardiola has the resources to cope again.