Pep Guardiola has told Benjamin Mendy that he needs to work harder to find a solution to the consistent injuries he has suffered since signing with the Premier League champions.
The Man City defender was out for most of last season after an anterior cruciate ligament rupture and has just had knee surgery that will see him sidelined for another three months at least.
Guardiola is not the only manager urging the France international to take better care of himself, his national manager France Didier Deschamps told him the same thing only last month.
“I think he’s a good professional. When he’s there, on the pitch or in the locker room, he’s doing what he has to do,” said Guardiola.
“But we cannot deny that he had a big injury last season, he has another big injury right now and hopefully everyone can understand what you need to be.
“A strong guy is one who plays every three days. These kind of guys are never injured. That has to be his main target. After that we decide if he plays or not.
“Continuity is the target. He’s young, incredible potential and it’s a pity, an incredible guy.
“In two seasons it’s a long time not playing for him.”
Guardiola is clearly frustrated and when you get two high profile managers telling the same player the same thing then you have to think that he is doing something that the respective managers do not like.
The onus is now ob Mendy to get himself fit and to avoid any further long-term injuries, it is evident that Guardiola’s patience is running out.