Benjamin Mendy is currently recovering from a foot injury and there have been serious doubts about whether the left-back could make himself fit before Sunday.
But Pep Guardiola calmed a lot of nerves this week as the manager refused to rule out the Frenchman from Sunday’s game claiming they have a lot of time to make Benjamin Mendy ready for action.
Now though, all those fears have cropped up again after Didier Deschamps chose to leave out Mendy from his France squad.
This omission has led many to believe that Benjamin Mendy’s injury is indeed serious and the left-back would miss the trip to Anfield.
No Benjamin Mendy in the France squad due to his injury problems. Aymeric Laporte is also not called up again with Didier Deschamps preferring Mamadou Sakho and Kurt Zouma… pic.twitter.com/aRnkeSYDVu
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On a normal weekend, this would not have been a problem for the manager as Fabian Delph would have slotted into that position in a straight swap.
But Delph too is out with an injury and will not be fit for Sunday leaving Aymeric Laporte as the only option left for Pep Guardiola.
And the absence of Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph will be a huge bonus for Mo Salah who will be operating down that wing and the Egyptian will know very well that he has the perfect opportunity to regain his form against Laporte.
Apart from Fabian Delph and Benjamin Mendy, Guardiola also has concerns over the fitness of Ilkay Gundogan and the midfielder is not expected to be fit before Sunday’s game vs Liverpool.
Kevin De Bruyne is back to full training but will hopefully not start against Liverpool and might only come on as a substitute – if required.
Read: Manchester City suffer a major injury setback days before they take on Liverpool in the Premier League.