Benjamin Mendy is facing an uncertain future at Manchester City after angering Pep Guardiola with his attitude on and off the pitch this season - the latest incident seeing the player report for treatment last Sunday three hours late.
The French left-back, who missed most of last season through injury, provided five assists in City's first four Premier League fixtures.
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Mendy, 24, attended world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua's victory over Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night.
City have scored 21 goals in their seven Premier League games this season - a better strike rate than the record 106 they got last season. "Every day he's having treatment", he said.
"It's not important if he starts or plays a lot of minutes, he's part of the group", he said. "But he's not in his best condition right now physically because of the problem in his foot".
"He's injured and when he's OK he's coming back and when he decides to play he's going to play".
But his late arrival at the training ground was regarded as the final straw by Guardiola, who had already become exasperated by Mendy's approach prior to that.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that Manchester City top star Gabriel Jesus has shown that he is not just good at scoring good goals after flaunting his girlfriend on social media.
De Bruyne is set for an extended spell in the treatment room after a serious ankle injury but Guardiola says he will return to training next week. "But I think Phil would like to be here and the club, there is no doubt, and the manager - hopefully it will happen sooner or later but I'm not involved".