Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ben Is Getting Closer to City Injury Return

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ben Is Getting Closer to City Injury Return

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PEP Guardiola confirmed Benjamin Mendy is still unable to train with his City team-mates but claimed the Frenchman's fitness is improving after his trip to Barcelona last week.

The former Monaco left-back hasn't featured for the Blues since January as he battles to recover from a troublesome knee injury.

Mendy underwent meniscus surgery in November and although he returned to the team in the second leg of City's Carabao Cup semi-final victory over Burton Albion last month, he hasn't played since.

Guardiola is refusing to get too down about Mendy's absence, though, as he believes City have four players capable of filling in for him at left-back.

"I said many times we miss him, I miss him," Guardiola said.

"He gives us something special, but he has been a long time injured and it's not the fact that he can come back and immediately go [play], he has to be in the rhythm of what we want to do. …

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