Malaga winger Javi Ontiveros has been sent on an “indefinite period of reflection” after an accumulation of disciplinary issues, according to Diario SUR.
Sources close to the camp say that the 20-year-old has recently broken the internal code of conduct but that the decision to exclude him from the group is not as a direct result of the latest infraction.
With his side in a delicate situation with just one point from six games, head coach Míchel is showing that a lack of discipline cannot be tolerated – as Ontiveros has discovered to his cost.
Ontiveros will train seperately from the main group for a period of time that has not yet been confirmed, but is expected to last weeks rather than days. However, he can use this time to continue his recovery from an injury to the the pubic area which has limited him to just four substitute appearances so far this campaign.
This year he has inherited the number 17 shirt from former club captain and legend Duda, and is expected to be part of the club’s long-term plans having established himself in the second half of last season -after Míchel took the reins from Marcelo Romero- seeing off competition from former Eibar winger Keko.
Playing predominantly from the right-hand side, Ontiveros is known for his pace and direct running. Last season, the youngster racked up two goals and three assists and is the latest prodigy from the illustrious Malaga academy which has in recent years produced the likes of Pablo Fornals, Samu Castillejo and Sergi Darder – all of whom have been sold for large fees.