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Mahrez returns to Leicester training

February 9, 2018

Out of City clash

Riyad Mahrez
Riyad Mahrez (left) Out of Man City clash

Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez has trained with the club for the first time since a proposed January move to Manchester City fell through.

The 26-year-old had not trained with his team-mates since Leicester rejected a deal of around £50m from the Premier League leaders on deadline day.

The Foxes boss Claude Puel said on Thursday that he would not pick Mahrez for today’s away clash with Manchester City.

It is not clear whether Mahrez will now face the club he wanted to join.

If the Algeria forward does play against Pep Guardiola’s side, it will be his first game since January 20.

Mahrez made a transfer request the day before the January window closed, but Leicester refused to let the 2016 PFA Player of the Year leave as their valuation of him exceeded the fee Manchester City were prepared to pay.

Puel accepted his player had faced a “difficult situation” and vowed the club would “help him come back with a smile”.

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