Benjamin Mendy: Pep Guardiola speaks to left-back over lateness

Ruben Holloway
September 30, 2018

Pep Guardiola has warned Benjamin Mendy after the France defender turned up late for treatment on the foot injury that is now keeping him out of the Manchester City team.

Guardiola, talking ahead of City's home Premier League game with Brighton on Saturday, refused to divulge whether promising young midfielder Phil Foden will start in the game after impressing on a rare start against Oxford in the League Cup in midweek.

City's manager denied there was any disciplinary problem with Mendy, who has a foot injury, but said: "He arrived late, and that shouldn't happen but it does sometimes".

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Asked to describe his side's performance, Guardiola said: "Outstanding. I spoke with him", noted the Spaniard, who is not prepared to reveal how long, the Frenchman will be sidelined.

Manchester City's all time leading goal scorer Sergio AGUERO added one more to his City tally as they managed a 2-0 win against Brighton.

The Seagulls had the poorest away record of any Premier League side last season with 12 defeats. Mendy's timekeeping has been a problem before and Guardiola was disappointed by the 24-year-old's tardiness to a physio session. Manchester is under construction, the players arrive late. Now he's injured again.

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Even with a makeshift left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko deputising for the injured Benjamin Mendy, they dominated the opening 29 minutes without reward, Aguero and Leroy Sane going close. Every day he's having treatment. Guardiola is still missing Kevin De Bruyne, but the Belgian will return to training soon and is expected to return to the lineup in the near future. "I'm not a physio", stressed a visibly unhappy Guardiola.

"He's making the last steps", said Guardiola.

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"He has to make his own career".

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