Premier League: Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy returns to training

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has stepped up his recovery from a long-term knee injury by returning to training with the Premier League leaders.

Premier League: Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy returns to training
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Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has stepped up his recovery from a long-term knee injury by returning to training with the Premier League leaders.

City released photographs of the France left-back participating in a session with his team-mates on Monday.

Mendy, 23, who has been out of action since suffering knee ligament damage and undergoing surgery in September, last week suggested he was close to a return.

"When I started my recovery, I had in mind the semi-finals of the Champions League," Mendy told the club website, www.mancity.com.

"That was my goal, but I am coming back a bit quicker than expected originally so maybe it will be possible for me to return sooner than that. I believe in this.

"I think it`s possible for me to come back within four weeks. It`s not a good thing to come back too soon and you have to take your time."

Pep Guardiola`s City have an enormous lead in the Premier League and are all but guaranteed a Champions League quarter-final slot after a 4-0 win against Basel in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

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