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."