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Benjamin Mendy to be sidelined for three months (image courtesy Getty)

Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola says the club will not be making any signings in January, effectively ruling out buying a short-term replacement for the injured Benjamin Mendy.

Guardiola believes his squad is strong enough to get through to the end of the season, despite the injury absences of Mendy, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and backup goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

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Belgian playmaker De Bruyne and Portuguese midfielder Silva are likely to be available for the Premier League leaders within the next 10 days but Mendy will be out for up to 12 weeks after having surgery on meniscus damage in his left knee.

Asked whether he might be tempted to sign a replacement for Mendy in January, Guardiola said, “No. We are not going to spend anything (in January). I am so happy with the squad, people are coming back, so no.”