Mendy's knees give cause for optimism
There is renewed optimism that Benjamin Mendy's knee issues are now firmly behind him although he will miss the start of the season.
The Manchester City and France left-back has made a total of just 23 appearances since making a £50m move from Monaco two years ago.
Mendy suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury just a few games into his Etihad career - before returning just in time to triumph with his country at last summer's World Cup.
The colourful Frenchman again missed the majority of last season due to further unrelated knee issues, leaving question marks surrounding his City career.
Mendy is now nearing the end of his latest rehabilitation after undergoing a 'clean up' operation in early May, with City insiders confident they have addressed why the powerful defender was suffering a painful reaction after games.
The 25-year-old is working hard on his fitness and expects next week to get the green light from his doctors in Barcelona to step up the intensity levels.
City are remaining cautious but boss Pep Guardiola has been told Mendy should be firing on all cylinders again just a few weeks into the new campaign.
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