Benjamin Mendy is likely to miss at least the first month of next season as new signing Angelino on Thursday promised he is not just making up the numbers at Manchester City
Mendy had an arthroscopy in May and is completing rehabilitation with Dr Ramon Cugat in Barcelona
, with City not expecting him back training until mid-August.
will carefully manage the £52million signing, who has suffered constant knee injuries since his move two years ago. Mendy has started just 14 Premier League
games for the club.
It leaves Guardiola with the returning Angelino, a £5.3m capture from PSV Eindhoven, and Aleks Zinchenko as his options at left back as City prepare for another title defence.
City triggered a buyback clause in Angelino's contract after selling him to the Eredivisie club last summer. The Spain Under 21 international believes experience playing in the Champions League for PSV last season stands him in good stead.
'My main goal is to get as many minutes as I can,' the 22-year-old said. 'Aleks did really well playing out of position and that is why he's playing there at the moment.
'It was always my objective to get back to the club and it worked. I had the clause in the contract to come back so it was up to me to have a good season. I didn't expect it but was hoping to get the call.
'I think I've improved. I'm not the same player I was before. The last season at PSV was really good and hopefully I can do the same. The Champions League was amazing. I needed it for experience, it was great.
'I like playing City's type of football. Most of my time at PSV we were dominant in attack, that's how I like to play.'