Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed keeping French player Sam Nasri out of the first team and also away from training with first team due to overweight the BBC reports.
The 29-year-old French midfielder Sam Nasri was an unused substitute in Manchester City’s defeat of Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup competition going on in China.
Manchester City defender Gael Clichy confirmed on Wednesday that Guardiola had exiled some players from first team training pending when they meet certain weight targets.
The new Manchester City boss said about Nasri that: “He arrived a little bit overweight.”
The France international probably accumulated weight while away for six months last season due to thigh injury which he suffered in training.
The former Bayerm Munich manager, who arrived at the club on July 1, said the player’s fitness is “much better now” and added: “Last season, he was injured in the season. We want to avoid that. We want the players on the pitch to be fit.
“We want their weight to be in the right place where they can run for 90 minutes like Fernandinho and [Aleksandar] Kolarov and the others. Hopefully in the next two weeks, he will be OK.”