Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy made a shock return to action for the EDS’ 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
The France international was picked to start for the Blues against their rivals and went on to play forty-five minutes before being taken off as a precaution.
Mendy hasn’t played any football for City since rupturing his anterior cruciate knee ligament during City’s 5-0 victory over Crystal Palace in September.
In typical Mendy fashion, the defender made many bursts down the left-hand side which created a few chances for City’s deadly young striker Lorenzo Gonzalez.
🚨 BREAKING : my loan to INJURY FC has officially ended today, and I’m back playing for @ManCity baby !! So happy 🙏🏾 thanks to all the staff & players that helped me through this looong time, and of course everyone in here 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾 #SharkTeam we back !!! pic.twitter.com/S4r6mOaRFn
— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) April 13, 2018
Mendy has featured four times in the Premier League for City, and should the Blues capture the Premier League title; the 23-year-old will need to feature once more for the first-team to ensure he claims a winners medal.
Speaking to City’s official website, Mendy had this to say about his return.
“It’s a good feeling to touch the ball in a real game,” he said afterwards.
“Against United is a good game for my first game back after my injury.
“We are football players so we know we can have a lot of injuries. I’ve had one before (a long injury), but now it’s OK.
“I was out for a long time, so it was difficult, but with my family and friends, with a team like this, everything was OK.
“For my first game, my body felt good and my knee.
“I enjoyed it.”