Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confessed Benjamin Mendy’s injury-proneness could pave the way for a new left-back in the summer
Brought in from AS Monaco in summer 2017 for a reported fee of £52m, the 24-year-old has never managed to showcase his potential due to constant injury problems.
Mendy has barely assembled nine Premier League outings this campaign, registering just one league start so far.
Even now, the World Cup winner sits on the sidelines restricted by a knee injury although there have been some talks about his potential return to action in the upcoming period.
Long-term injury absentee Benjamin Mendy could return for Manchester City's clash with West Ham on Wednesday, according to Pep Guardiola. pic.twitter.com/6YqAzYAPkX— Latest Football News990 (@FPage778) February 26, 2019
Nonetheless, Guardiola has admitted the Citizens may have to find an alternative for Mendy if the defender fails to overcome his physical difficulties by the end of the season.
Ahead of City’s trip to Bournemouth, the Spaniard has expressed his concern regarding Mendy’s physical condition ever since the player’s arrival at the Etihad Stadium.
“If [an injury] happens in two seasons it can happen [in] three, yes definitely,” he said.
“Hopefully not, we’ll work with that, he’s working with that, but the truth is we could use him in a few games. That is the reality.”
Man City plan to spend big this summer with Pep Guardiola's interest in a new left back casting doubt over Benjamin Mendy's future at the club | @Jack_Gaughan https://t.co/J4wGw0nm0p pic.twitter.com/3gfozGo8ik— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) March 1, 2019
The Ukrainian Oleksandr Zinchenko seems to be the one to profit the most from the Frenchman’s misery as he now covers the left-hand side on a regular basis.
However, Guardiola has refused to deny Manchester City’s intention of returning to spend big in the summer to find a reliable left-footed defender.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but we are thinking about the chance to find somebody in that position, but I don’t know,” he stated.