Riyad Mahrez latest: Leicester's AWOL star returns to training

2018-02-09 12:36:42

Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez has ended his self-imposed exile by returning to the club's training ground on Friday morning.

The playmaker has also said to have made himself available for Saturday’s clash against Manchester City – the club he was denied joining in the January transfer window – despite manager Claude Puel already ruling him out.

Mahrez has not trained with the club since he was denied a dream move to Man City on deadline day – missing ten days of training and two games.

Puel has said ahead of the Foxes’ clash against the Premier League leaders that Mahrez would not be considered for selection , and that he hopes the Algerian will return to training soon.

Having missed ten days of training and two games, he will no tbe considered for Saturday's game, but a return to the squad for the FA Cup fifth round tie at home to Sheffield United on February 16 is possible.

But the rumours over his long-term future at Leicester continue, with reports claiming Mahrez has only agreed to return if the club guarantee he will be allowed to leave this summer.

It is claimed Mahrez's advisers have accused the Foxes of breaking their word to their star man, having agreed in January to let him leave if a big club offered £50million.

Manchester City met their demands in the final stages of the window, and yet Leicester rejected City's offer, which reportedly left Mahrez 'disillusioned and depressed'.

Mahrez last played for Leicester in the 2-0 victory over Watford on January 20, where he scored the Foxes’ second goal in injury-time, and has since missed a 2-1 defeat at Everton and a 1-1 draw with Swansea.

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