Guardiola unsure when Mendy will return

first_imgPremier League Guardiola unsure when Mendy will be ready for Manchester City return Alex Fisher 07:06 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) benjaminmendy-cropped Getty Images Premier League Manchester City The defender is back in training after being out since September, but his manager still doesn’t know when he’ll be back on the field Benjamin Mendy has resumed first-team training with Manchester City but Pep Guardiola remains unsure when he will be fit to return.Mendy has been sidelined since rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during September’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.The Frenchman’s absence has seen Guardiola deploy Fabian Delph, Danilo and Oleksandr Zinchenko at left-back, but filling the gap left by Mendy has not been easy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Off the pitch Mendy has remained a prominent member of City’s squad, his social media presence ensuring he was not forgotten by Guardiola.He could be back on the pitch before the end of the season – which will also be a boost for France ahead of the World Cup – but Guardiola is not putting a specific date on his comeback.”I don’t know [when he will be back], but he is much better,” Guardiola told a media conference.”Especially over the past week or 10 days as he has been training with us. It’s a long injury but he is making progress.”When asked if the Manchester derby on April 7 – when City could seal the title – could be a realistic date, the coach added: “I don’t know. I can’t anticipate it.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img