• Benjamin Mendy has made his long-awaited return to Manchester City action 
  • The Frenchman came on as a substitute in City’s win over Swansea on Sunday
  • He has been out of action since suffering knee ligament damage in September
  • Mendy was given a rousing reception when introduced after 75 minutes

Max Winters For Mailonline

Benjamin Mendy put his injury woes behind him as he made his long-awaited return to Manchester City action during their 5-0 demolition of Swansea on Sunday.

The Frenchman has been out of action since suffering knee ligament damage in City’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace in September and subsequently undergoing surgery.

However, after months of rehabilitation and fitness work, Mendy was given a rousing reception as he was introduced 75 minutes into City’s first game as Premier League champions.

Benjamin Mendy made his long-awaited return to Manchester City action on Sunday

Benjamin Mendy made his long-awaited return to Manchester City action on Sunday

The left back replaced Fabian Delph, who has been an exceptional stand in for Mendy during City’s title-winning campaign.

As the Etihad stood to applaud Mendy, he immediately thanked the crowd for their appreciation before even touching the ball.

He tweeted after the game: ‘Damn I missed you, Football. Thank you for all the incredible support through this long & difficult journey, I’m soooo happy to be back’. 

The 23-year-old displayed signs of rustiness to be expected after such a lengthy lay-off but he still has four games to impress and make a late charge for France’s World Cup squad.

Mendy, capped four times by the French national team, has been tipped by Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps to be in his squad in Russia this summer. 

The Frenchman has been out of action since suffering knee ligament damage in September

The Frenchman has been out of action since suffering knee ligament damage in September

The Frenchman has been out of action since suffering knee ligament damage in September

Mendy was given a rousing reception after being introduced 75 minutes into the game

Mendy was given a rousing reception after being introduced 75 minutes into the game

Mendy was given a rousing reception after being introduced 75 minutes into the game

He tweeted after the game sharing his thanks for the support he has received during his layoff

He tweeted after the game sharing his thanks for the support he has received during his layoff

He tweeted after the game sharing his thanks for the support he has received during his layoff

‘Absolutely, yes,’ he told SFR Sport in February when asked if the defender is a candidate.

‘Today, I don’t have a definite answer, but neither does he. He’s doing everything he can to regain his condition.

‘There’s no point in taking shortcuts. He must recover his flexibility and his ability to stretch the joint so that he is no longer apprehensive about it.’

Goals from David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus saw Guardiola’s side cruise to their 29th win of the Premier League campaign.

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