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Riyad Mahrez returns to the Leicester City squad

Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez has returned to the Leicester City squad, after missing their last two Premier League matches.

Mahrez had gone ‘missing’ and did not turn up to training for two weeks following his failure to secure a move to league leaders Manchester City on transfer deadline day.

The Foxes turned down four bids for the 26-year-old as their valuation of the player was not met, but Mahrez returned to Leicester training on Friday ahead of the match against the club that wanted to buy him.

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However, manager Claude Puel has only named him among the substitutes on the bench. Leicester have picked up just one point from their last two games without Mahrez, drawing to Swansea and losing to Everton.

With just 12 league games to go, the Algerian must now focus on his football as he is unable to move club until the summer.

In the title winning season, Mahrez scored at the Etihad Stadium in a 3-1 away win under former manager Claudio Ranieri, so he does have some happy memories at this ground.

Only time will tell if Puel decides to turn to Mahrez during the game, and what sort of reception he would get from both the home and away supporters.

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