Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, likely keeping the France worldwide out for most of the season in his first year in English soccer.
Despite the diagnosis, Mendy was able to keep his sense of humour on Twitter, saying he is "joining Injury FC on loan for a couple monthes".
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"I don't know right now [if City will sign someone]. So now I don't think it's time to think about that".
City splashed out £52million to bring Mendy to Manchester from Monaco during the summer.
After tests in Manchester at the start of the week, the 23-year-old travelled to Spain to see a specialist doctor and further examinations of the knee on Thursday confirmed the extent of the injury.
City didn't give a likely timeframe for Mendy's absence. City's midweek match against Shakhtar Donetsk saw Fabian Delph fill in Mendy's position, and the only other suitable option ahead of the club's weekend encounter with Chelsea comes in the form of natural right back Danilo.
City will now be without a recognised left back until January at the earliest.