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Benjamin Mendy named in Man City squad for Carabao Cup clash

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed that Benjamin Mendy has been included in the squad for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.

The French full-back has been sidelined since November after he underwent knee surgery in Barcelona.

It was an unwelcome blow for Mendy after missing most of his debut campaign at City due to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury on his right knee following his reported £52m move from AS Monaco in 2017.

Nearly two weeks after announcing Mendy had returned to training, however, Guardiola has now named him in his squad that will travel to Burton Albion on Wednesday.

“[Mendy is] in the squad for tomorrow,” said Guardiola on the club website. “He will travel with us. Maybe on the bench.

“I would say with the results we have done last two years, we have not missed him too much but I would say we have missed him a lot.

“My feeling is he can give something extra. Hopefully, in the last part of the season and in the future we can use him.

“He pushes from the outside on the left, he is unstoppable. Especially in the last third, he is so clever. He is clever when he does those kinds of actions.

“In two seasons he played few and when we talk, practice he is not there. We will need some time to adjust his quality for what we need.”

But City captain Vincent Kompany will not be available due to a “little injury”, although Guardiola did reveal that Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden will start in midfield.

The Catalan coach also added that there will be a number of youngsters in the squad with City boasting a 9-0 aggregate lead over Burton for a place in next month’s final.

The semi-final second leg between Burton and City will begin at 20:45 (CET) on Wednesday.