Benjamin Mendy returns to training for Man City

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03: Leroy Sane of Manchester City celebrates victory with Benjamin Mendy of Manchester City after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool FC at the Etihad Stadium on January 3, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola announced that Benjamin Mendy could return to action in a fortnight in light of his recent progress

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

Previously, Guardiola stated that Mendy could face about three months out of action which came as an unwelcome blow for him after missing most of last season due to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury on his right knee.

Now the Catalan has shared a more positive update on Mendy ahead of City’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Burton Albion tonight.

“He’s much better,” Guardiola said on the club website. “He’s training alone.

“Two weeks, three weeks maybe [until he returns].

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“Everybody else is fit.”

The Citizens are chasing a fourth Carabao Cup in six years with Guardiola keen to keep the squad’s winning mentality going.

“Winning is important, we cannot deny it,” he added.

“We are in the semi-finals, one step closer to going back to Wembley. We take it seriously.

“The Carabao Cup is a more local competition. Everybody is happy to win but no one is sad to go out but we are here and we are going to try.”

The first leg at the Etihad Stadium between City and Burton will begin at 20:45 (CET).