Manchester City confirm Benjamin Mendy has torn cruciate ligament

Physios rushed to Mendy's aid while countryman Yohan Cabaye also checked on his welfare

Physios rushed to Mendy's aid while countryman Yohan Cabaye also checked on his welfare

Steve Nicol says Pep Guardiola and Man City will need to start tinkering after Benjamin Mendy suffered a torn ACL.

Real bad news for Benjamin Mendy, the team of France and roughly those who love the centres of qualities.

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 Agüero was involved in a auto crash.

Manchester City's French worldwide defender Benjamin Mendy faces surgery and several months out after scans showed a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Thursday.

Mendy will undergo surgery on Friday in Barcelona, where he traveled to see a specialist doctor this week, City said on Thursday.

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The 23-year-old left-back suffered the injury in the first half of the 5-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

But now, after hearing that he has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, he's maintained his playful online persona and made fun of his strife.

To make matters much worse, on Friday morning, news emerged that Sergio Aguero had been in a vehicle accident in Holland and had suffered a fractured rib in the collision.

The setback leaves City without an out-and-out left-back, and Guardiola has indicated that he could bring in a new signing in the January transfer window. City's midweek match against Shakhtar Donetsk saw Fabian Delph fill in Mendy's position, and the only other suitable option ahead of the club's weekend encounter with Chelsea comes in the form of natural right back Danilo.

Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent.

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