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Riyad Mahrez returns to training with Leicester City

Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez has returned to training with Leicester City after almost two weeks of exile. Mahrez was all smiles today as he joined in full training with the club that he handed in a transfer request to two weeks ago.

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The 26-year-old had refused to train with the club since transfer deadline day after missing out on a move to Manchester City, but today he has joined up with his team-mates.

Leicester have picked up just one point from their last two matches since Mahrez has not turned up, and the club has issued him with a £200,000 fine as two week’s wages is the most a club can dock from a player.

Mahrez was adamant on a move to Manchester City, but he has now said that he is available to play against Pep Guardiola’s team this weekend.

Although the future of the Algerian international beyond the summer is still unknown, it is pleasing to see Mahrez return to first team training showing that he has recovered from his depression.

Despite manager Claude Puel ruling out Mahrez for the weekend’s Premier League fixture, it will be interesting to see if he is drafted straight back into the Leicester City starting eleven.

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