Manchester City pair Benjamin Mendy and Nicolas Otamendi both withdrew from international duty this week due to injury.
Mendy has been plagued with a meniscus problem in his left knee, and it was decided that the best course of action was to undergo surgery. The Frenchman is not expected to be back in action until the New Year.
He missed most of last season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee and the left-back took to Twitter explaining the situation:
Other knee was jealous but the operation went well and its all good now ? be back soon guys u just have to found another FPL captain for some games ?✌? https://t.co/RD5ZGGkhMS
— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) 14 November 2018
Otamendi’s withdrawal from the Argentina squad is reportedly due to an Achilles issue. The centre-back has not featured for City since the 3-0 away win against Shakhtar last month, and he has not been selected in the last three matchday squads by manager Pep Guardiola.
The pair have joined Kevin De Bruyne on the injury list. The Belgian was initially ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury but reports in recent days suggest he could return earlier than expected.
The 27-year-old is on course to be back for the match against Watford on December 4th and could play a part against Chelsea a few days later.
Claudio Bravo remains a long-term injury absentee. The Chilean goalkeeper suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon back in August and is expected to be out for a number of months.