Benjamin Mendy's Manchester City Debut Pushed As Signing Recovers From Knee Injury

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​Pep Guardiola has revealed that recent summer arrival Benjamin Mendy will not be ready to feature for Manchester City just yet as he battles back from a knee injury.

The £52m arrival from Monaco picked up a knee problem on international duty with France in mid-June and, despite passing a medical at City's training base before his big-money move, is not yet over the issue.

Speaking ahead of City's pre-season clash with Real Madrid, Guardiola was quoted by the club's official Twitter account as he confirmed Mendy's absence for another fortnight.

The Spaniard also explained that his first-team squad had a number of concerning niggles - including one sustained by Mendy's former and current club-mate Bernardo Silva - to City's ​official site.

He said: "We are in pre-season so we have some players that still haven't played like Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva, some injured players."

Mendy limped off after half an hour of France's 3-2 victory over auld enemies England after a collision with Raheem Sterling on 13th June at the Stade de France.

The left-back has been working his way back to full fitness ever since - time which included an extended summer break following his commitments with Les Bleus - and will require time to get up to speed before he makes his debut for the last season's third-placed finishers.

Mendy became the subject of a two-way battle between City and Premier League champions Chelsea as the 22-year-old revelled in Leonardo Jardim's Monaco team last term.

The full-back helped the Stade Louis II-based outfit secure the Ligue 1 title, but opted to depart France for Manchester to join Silva in completing a switch to the Etihad ahead of the new season.

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