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Pep tells Mendy to respect treatment timetable


Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has spoken to Benjamin Mendy after the Manchester City full-back turned up late for his treatment session last Sunday.

Mendy, currently sidelined by a foot problem, was at Wembley on Saturday night to support Anthony Joshua in his world heavyweight boxing title victory over Alexander Povetkin.

Speaking before today's clash with Brighton, Guardiola initially played down the incident, saying: "That happens sometimes, in the last period a lot have arrived late because of the traffic.

"Manchester is under construction, the players arrive late. They have to drop their kids at school."

Pressed further on the fact Mendy's lateness occurred on a Sunday morning, Guardiola, who has already warned the Frenchman about his social media use this season, said: "He should be here. He knows it. I spoke with him."

Guardiola remained vague on when Mendy, who has only made 14 appearances for City since a £52m move from Monaco last summer, is likely to return from his latest injury setback.

He will not be in the squad against Brighton and neither will playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, but the Belgian is closing in on a comeback from the knee injury he suffered last month.

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

One player pushing for a place in the starting line-up is midfielder Phil Foden, who starred in City's League Cup victory over Oxford in midweek, earning comparisons to Barcelona great Andres Iniesta.

Foden, 18, has yet to make his full Premier League debut, but Guardiola insisted he would have no qualms about throwing him in, saying: "He's ready to play, he can start in any competition in any game. After that, he has to compete with his team-mates and sometimes it's not possible."

Meanwhile, Brighton's Dale Stephens and Pascal Gross will miss today's trip to Manchester.

Stephens suffered a hamstring injury in last weekend's defeat to Tottenham, while fellow midfielder Gross is sidelined with an ankle problem.

Colombia winger Jose Izquierdo is closer to his first appearance of the season after playing 45 minutes of an under-23 game on Monday.

Seagulls manager Chris Hughton revealed yesterday that he believes Guardiola has had a "huge" impact on English football and masterminded some of the best performances of the Premier League era.

"The great managers have - whether it's instant or they earn it over a period of time - a big impact generally on a division," said Hughton.

"We speak about Arsene Wenger many years ago and the impact that he had; Jose Mourinho, the impact that he's had, playing in a different way and the spirit that his teams had.

"And we've got a manager at Man City that is producing some of the best football the Premier League has seen."