Who Will Replace Riyad Mahrez For Leicester As They Host In-Form Swansea?


I mentioned back in November that they could be in danger of slipping down the table because of the tough fixtures they had to come in the subsequent two months, but here we are nearly four month later and they are still in massive trouble.

The Algeria worldwide did not turn up to training on Thursday and Friday, after his proposed move to Manchester City did not materialise on Deadline Day.

"Riyad will not be available for this game", said Leicester boss Puel ahead of the visit of Swansea.

This is Mahrez's reaction to his proposed move to Manchester City falling through.

It is not the first time that Mahrez, who played a huge role in inspiring Leicester's remarkable 2015/16 Premier League triumph, has tried to force his way out at the King Power.

Mahrez reportedly failed to turn up for training again on Thursday so it's impossible to see him lining up against Swansea on Saturday, and a starting XI without Mahrez is undoubtedly a weaker one.

Leicester are set to fine Mahrez the maximum two weeks' wages - in the region of £200,000 - after he missed training for a second successive day, sources close to the club confirmed to ESPN FC.

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"Of course, for the moment, I did not speak with Riyad, but perhaps there is a lot of disappointment".

The 26-year-old has not trained for Claude Puel's side since seeing his hopes of a dream move dashed.

'It's a tough situation for us and we need manage it but after this transfer window it is important to move on and keep our focus on the game.

"It is time to talk to Riyad, we have a good relationship and we need to manage the situation", said Puel. Playing for Pep Guardiola is something he is still desperate to do.

Almost two years have passed since Mahrez helped the Foxes win the Premier League title and so you can understand why he's so upset.

"All the players, all the staff, will help him to come back with a smile, to enjoy his football with his team-mates because he is a great player, fantastic, a good man and he likes football", Puel told Leicester Mercury.

Mahrez was left out of the Leicester side beaten 2-1 at Everton.