Mendy close to training return

24 February 2018 06:46:31 EST

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva is confident that Benjamin Mendy will be fit enough to play in this summer's World Cup.

It is even hoped that the France international may be able to feature in the Manchester derby on 7th April.

Mendy has been out for most of the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, but team-mate Bernardo Silva has revealed that he is close to a return to training.

The two players know each other from their time together at Monaco and Bernardo thinks Mendy is on schedule to feature in the Champions League semi-finals, if City reach that stage of the competition.

Bernardo believes Mendy will be back in full training in three weeks, and said when asked if the defender would be fit for the World Cup, replied: "Yes, of course it's possible," he's someone who works a lot.

"I think he'll be with us in three weeks. If he starts to play and he recovers well, I think he'll be there. I hope so for his sake.

"I'm happy he's almost back. He really wants to go to the World Cup. I have spoken about it with him and he told me that it was a great ambition of his to play in that competition. He's going to do everything to be there."

Meanwhile, City are 4/7 to beat Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday and 12121/1 to win the Champions League.

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