Hours after both Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba were ruled out of the France squad to face the Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League and Uruguay in a friendly, Benjamin Mendy has also been sent home by his national team.

The Manchester City left-back, who played the entire game against Manchester United at the weekend, will be replaced by his namesake and Lyon counterpart Ferland Mendy.

According to the French Football Federation Twitter account, the defender was diagnosed with a sprain in his left-knee and a meniscal injury.

This follows Alexandre Lacazette’s withdrawal from the squad, who was originally called up to replace Anthony Martial earlier on Monday.

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With a very busy schedule in the Premier League, it seems club and national team doctors are trying to manage player fitness as best they can.

How long Mendy will be out for hasn’t been announced, but the Manchester City fan favourite will have a couple of weeks to recover, free of the pressure of having to play through pain for his country.

The player had travelled to Clairefontaine on Monday.