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Mendy promises to follow the rules at Man City

Guardiola has called for Mendy to be more professional if he wants to win his place back. Credit: PA

Benjamin Mendy insists he is no troublemaker and vowed to stick to the rulebook as the Manchester City left-back looks to make up for lost time.

The 24-year-old has endured a topsy-turvy time since arriving at the Etihad Stadium in 2017.

Mendy's first season with City was brought to an abrupt halt by a cruciate ligament injury and, having helped France win the World Cup, on Saturday he made his first start since undergoing meniscus surgery in November.

The full-back helped seal a hard-fought 1-0 FA Cup semi-final win against Brighton, but the questions after did not only revolve around fitness.

Disciplined last September for reporting late to have treatment on a foot injury after attending a boxing event, Mendy was this week subject of reports that he was in a nightclub in the early hours having not been included in the squad for Fulham later that same day.

"I feel so good, and I am very happy," the City defender said.

"The team-mates and the staff have been really good.

"I am not a doctor. I follow the rules. The excuse is not one.

"This injury (following an attempted comeback in January)... when I came back sometimes the swelling stayed.

"But now it's good, we can forget the past and think about the future.

"I feel really fit and I want to give everything I can to help my team."

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Manchester City's Mendy undergoes knee surgery

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has undergone knee surgery, the Premier League club have announced. Credit: PA

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has undergone knee surgery, the Premier League club have announced.

The 24-year-old had an operation on a meniscus problem on Wednesday night after withdrawing from the France squad.

No timescale has been given for his recovery.

Mendy missed the majority of last season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against Crystal Palace in September 2017.

He returned from injury in April this year and has started nine of City's 12 Premier League games this season.

Mendy cost a reported £52million when he moved to the Etihad from Monaco in 2017.