Arnaud Mendy finds FA Cup cure after tropical disease

Macc's Mendy finds Cup cure after tropical disease ruined start of season

Arnaud Mendy brought Cup fever to Macclesfield Town after missing more than a month of this season with a tropical disease.

The French-born midfielder struck arguably the goal of the third round at the Moss Rose, firing Macclesfield ahead after 68 minutes when he spun around to volley a stunning effort into the top corner against Bolton.

Mended: Arnaud Mendy (second right) missed six weeks of the season with a tropical disease

Mended: Arnaud Mendy (second right) missed six weeks of the season with a tropical disease

The League Two side were pegged back to 2-2 by David Wheater’s header but will have another chance to progress beyond this stage for the first time when the clubs replay at the Reebok Stadium.

Mendy, 21, was in bed for a week in September after returning from international duty with Guinea-Bissau, a small country on the west coast of Africa, just two months after joining Macclesfield following his release by Derby.

Stunner: Mendy lets fly on Saturday

Stunner: Mendy lets fly on Saturday

‘I was ill for six weeks,’ he said. ‘It’s all sorted now and I’m fit and happy. I will go and play for my country again.

‘That was the best goal I’ve scored. I don’t score a lot but I thought it was going in from the moment I hit it.’

Macclesfield made sure Mendy has been given all his jabs to prevent a recurrence of the illness.