Riyad Mahrez ends exile, returns to training

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Leicester could certainly use his help against Man City but unleashing Mahrez after he had skipped training will no doubt leave Puel open for criticism and it's highly unlikely he will play any part at the Etihad Stadium.

Riyad Mahrez ended his self-imposed exile from Leicester City on Friday with Sky Sports reporting the Algerian has returned to training ahead of Saturday's trip to Manchester City.

Mahrez went AWOL and slapped in a transfer request after his big money move to Manchester City collapsed because of The Foxes' valuation.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Thursday, Puel said: "I think Riyad is not available for Saturday's game". I hope he can come back with a good attitude and prepared to work, but he will need time, and time to be match-fit.

The Times claims that Mahrez wants Leicester to promise to sell him in the summer, but that the club are reluctant to agree to such a demand considering it could result in him leaving for a cut price.

City wanted to pay £65 million for Mahrez, but Leicester wanted at least £95m.

Mahrez has neither trained nor played with the Leicester team since transfer deadline day when Leicester rejected a bid from the Premier League leaders.

"The boys will welcome Riyad back and he's no doubt one of our best players", said Maguire after last week's draw with Swansea City in the league. He loves football, he loves his relationship with his team-mates, he enjoys his football.

"Well I think we've always got the threat on the counter and when we're up against sides who have more possession than us, when we do win the ball back we've got a really good threat when we break".

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