Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has been ruled out of action for seven months after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
The left-back went down injured of the first half of last Saturday's 5-0 Premier League victory over Crystal Palace. As such, City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed the bad news, saying, "Mendy will be out until the semi-finals of the Champions League (24-25 April next year)."
The 23-year-old became the world's most expensive defender ahead of the 2017/18 campaign after joining the Citizens from Monaco for 52 million pounds.
Meanwhile, the player posted on social media, "Bad news guys. I will be joining Injury FC on loan for a couple months with ruptured ACL but will be back soon and stronger hopefully."
Guardiola has not ruled out bringing in a replacement for Mendy during the next transfer window, and said earlier this week, "We will see in January. We thought next about looking for another left-back, another replacement, but we will see what we do.
"We have alternatives in our squad, Danilo, Fabian Delph, Fernandinho, can play there, so we will see as we go along."