Manchester City Suffer Massive Injury Blow
He didn't feature last night in the Champions League, and it could be some time till he makes his Manchester City return.
Pep Guardiola's charges made it two wins from two Champions League Group stage games following the 2-0 victory against Shakhtar Donetsk.
City continue to improve their form across all competitions with the club at the summit of the Premier League.
Guardiola gestures to the match official during last nights European win. Image: PA
However, they'll be without the services of an influential player. Summer signing Benjamin Mendy has hit the ground running since his transfer from AS Monaco, but the defender is set for a lengthy spell on the sideline.
Prior to Tuesday nights Champions League fixture, the Spaniard gave the following update about Mendy.
"Tomorrow he's travelling to Barcelona and we will see finally what he has," he said via ESPN.
Mendy in action for City in the league. Image: PA
"Our first impression is that it will it be a little long, longer than we expected. It is very frustrating for him first as a person.
"It is very frustrating for him first as a person but like happened last year with Ilkay Gundogan, I feel really sad for him. For the way we want to play, we will lose a lot, he is a unique player.
"We will see in January [about buying a replacement]. We thought next summer about looking for another left-back, another replacement. We have alternatives in our squad -- Danilo, [Fabian] Delph, Fernandinho, even [Oleksandr] Zinchenko.
Mendy fends off Liverpool's Mohamed Salah. Image: PA
Then after securing three points in the Champions League, Guardiola gave another update about the French full-back.
"I think it is going to be a major setback," he said in his post-match press conference via BBC.
Mendy applauds the home fans after beating Liverpool. Image: PA
Guardiola adds: "Wait until Thursday but I am pretty sure that it will unfortunately be a little bit longer than we expected or would like."
Guardiola's close friend, Ramon Cugat, will assess Mendy's knee injury. The Barcelona-based doctor treated both VIncent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne.
Get well soon, Benjamin.