Manchester City have confirmed that new £52million signing Benjamin Mendy has ruptured the cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Mendy will have surgery in Barcelona on Friday and faces a battle to play again this season, delivering a serious blow to City's plans.

The France left-back suffered the injury against Crystal Palace last weekend in what was only his fifth appearance for City since moving from Monaco in the summer.

Mendy was sent to Spain to be assessed by specialist surgeon Dr Ramon Cugat and scans on Thursday confirmed the serious ligament damage.

A statement from the club read: 'Manchester City can confirm that Benjamin Mendy has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.