There's Been A Huge Twist In The Riyad Mahrez Saga
The Riyad Mahrez saga has taken a huge twist this morning.
After Leicester denied the Algerian his desired move to Manchester City on deadline day, having demanded more money than the £50 million City were willing to offer, Mahrez went AWOL from Foxes training and matchday squads.
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Claude Puel then ruled the former Le Havre man out of contention for featuring against runaway leaders City, the club he wanted to join, when speaking in his press conference on Thursday.
The PFA have pledged to get involved in attempt to resolve the situation, with the chief of the player's union, Gordon Taylor, declaring the helping hand being offered.
However, as reported by several reputable outlets, including BBC Radio Leicester, Mahrez is in line to return to training today - and it's even been said he could be in the squad for tomorrow evening's trip to the Etihad Stadium.
Riyad Mahrez is set to train with Leicester for the first time since his Man City move collapsed :point_right: https://t.co/OBIP3nNpYd #LCFC pic.twitter.com/2XBubJ047K
- BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 9, 2018
BREAKING: #SSN understands Riyad Mahrez will return to @LCFC training this morning and has made himself available to face @ManCity on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/BUHs7AqdRW
- Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) February 9, 2018
Riyad Mahrez will return to training at Leicester City today. Available to play against Man City tomorrow
- Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) February 9, 2018
Riyad Mahrez is set to train with his Leicester City teammates for the first time since his proposed January move to Manchester City fell through. Puel said in Thursdays press-conference that the winger would not be available this weekend. #LCFC
- PhysioRoom.com (@physioroom) February 9, 2018
Given he's been absent from training for over a week, you wonder just how sharp Mahrez is and whether he is up to scratch to play against the best team in the league.
In addition to that, there's also the mental factor. According to a friend, Mahrez hasn't been in the right frame of mind to train or play for Leicester - how has that changed all of a sudden? Especially as he's potentially playing against the team he expected to be playing for.
We wait to see if the 2016 PFA Player of the Year does indeed feature for Leicester this weekend but it's certainly looking like things are being patched up.
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