Leicester City's Claude Puel gives Riyad Mahrez update


A Fox is on the loose in Leicester, with media reports that Riyad Mahrez has not been seen for a second successive day at the club's training ground. They will still win the Premier League this year, will be favourites to win the FA and Carabao cups and stand a good chance of winning the Champions League.

Leicester omitted midfielder Riyad Mahrez after the Algerian missed training following his abortive attempt to join Manchester City although his replacement Kelechi Iheanacho soon impressed by setting up Jamie Vardy for his sixth goal in nine games after 17 minutes.

Puel was frustrated following Saturday's 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium, where it was hard to escape the notion that perhaps Leicester are not the same side without the former PFA Player of the Year.

The fact that Man City wanted Mahrez should not grate too much - after all, he is one of the best players in the Premier League, it stands to reason that he should be a man in demand from the upper echelons of the division.

"For Riyad, he can clear his head and he can come back with us because he is a very big player for us", said Puel.

"The most important thing is not to think about one player but to think about my team and my squad".

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"It's really tough. For a player like Riyad at this stage of his career, it's an incredible opportunity to move to a club like Manchester City".

Perhaps we should wait for more information to come out before passing judgement.

"Mahrez probably saw Manchester City as a dream move but it's not happened and that's why he's a little bit frustrated by it and annoyed emotionally", Higginbotham told Sky Sports. Their ask is made all the more hard knowing the game is set to be played at the King Power Stadium. We have to move forward and to have focus on the football.

"I see no benefit in keeping a player who may only go through the motions".

In the English top-flight, Coutinho has scored 41 goals in 152 appearances, good for a goal every 3.7 games.

"All the staff, especially all the squad, they are his friends".