Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has called on Stevan Jovetic to prove his worth to the club or face the axe in the summer.
The Montenegrin international arrived from Fiorentina during the last transfer window with a reputation as one of European football’s top young attackers.
However he has been unable to make any sort of impact in the City jersey, with a number of fitness problems having kept him in the treatment and off of the field of play.
Jovetic had a reputation while in Italian football for his proneness to injury, and Pellegrini has called upon his star to move away from such a tag and prove he is capable of being a City player before the campaign ends:
“It is very difficult to know with Jovetic,” he is quoted by The Mirror. “But I believe what the player says and if he says he has a muscle problem and I’m absolutely sure he has a muscle problem.
“We hope it was bad luck for the first part of the season and we can use him in the second half of the season because he is a very important player.
“It’s impossible for the players to be 100 per cent for every game, but there are different degrees of injuries. I am optimistic.
“At the end of the season, maybe I change my opinion. But at the moment, I continue trusting him.”
Jovetic has made only a handful of appearances for City, with his last outing having been a 10 minute cameo in October’s Capital One Cup clash with Newcastle.