Benjamin Mendy’s future at Manchester City in doubt after angering Pep Guardiola

Manchester City XI

Manchester City XI

Defending champions Manchester City don't now own the top spot in the Premier League standings, but Pep Guardiola just needs one slip, one stumble, one opening by Liverpool to take control.

The Belgium global sustained a lateral collateral ligament lesion in his right knee in training and has not played since his substitute role in City's 2-0 victory over Arsenal in their first Premier League match of the season.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has reportedly lost his patience with Mendy after the latest example of unprofessionalism from the left-back.

Guardiola added that Mendy was having treatment every day but did not say when the defender will return. "He knows it. I spoke with him", said Guardiola.

Pep Guardiola's side knows a win against Brighton could take them to the top of the league if Liverpool drop points against Chelsea.

Mendy also made headlines for all the wrong reasons earlier this month when he received a 12-month driving ban for accumulating 24 penalty points on his licence.

The World Cup victor has made only 13 appearances for City since signing from Monaco for £52m a year ago, having spent seven months of last season out after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

ESPN claims that the World Cup winner's long-term stay in Manchester is now in doubt as a "furious" Guardiola is becoming increasingly annoyed by his professionalism, with this latest incident considered "the last straw".

Guardiola has confirmed Kevin De Bruyne's recovery from a knee ligament injury is progressing on schedule, with the midfielder expected to resume training in the next week or so.

Brighton meanwhile are without a victory since defeating Manchester United back in August.

"It's not important if he starts or plays a lot of minutes, he's part of the group", he said. "But he has to compete with his team-mates and sometimes it's not possible".

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

"He has to make his own career".

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