Puel admits Leicester lack cutting edge as Mahrez misses Swansea game

This is Mahrez's reaction to his proposed move to Manchester City falling through.

The Algeria global handed in a transfer request on 30 January to try and force through a move to the Etihad Stadium and has not featured for Leicester since the proposed transfer broke down.

New signing Andy King will not be eligible to make his debut at the weekend as he can not play against his former club.

Reports on Tuesday claimed an offer has gone in to Leicester but that the Foxes would have no interest in selling unless a huge sum is on the table.

'It's a hard situation.

Piers Morgan has caused a stir with his response to Mahrez's behaviour.

With words like that it is easy to see why Leicester have attached a high price tag to Mahrez.

The 26-year-old has yet to say when he will consider returning and, after Saturday's game, Puel offered no comment on when Mahrez was likely to play for Leicester again.

On top of that, Mahrez has a Premier League winner's medal, PFA Players of the Year award and African Player of the Year award in his trophy cabinet. "But it was good for us that the break came, as we reacted in the second half, which was very important". Indeed, Sky Sports" Rob Dorsett has reported that Mahrez is "depressed' after seeing his move to Man City fail to materialise.

Leicester City defender Harry Maguire has played down speculation of a rift between Riyad Mahrez and the rest of the squad following the events of the transfer window.

Leicester will be hoping to put the Riyad Mahrez saga behind them as they head into this game hoping to continue their strong home form.

"I can understand disappointment, and it was a good opportunity for him".

Mahrez also refused to turn up to Leicester's match against Everton on Wednesday, but after their 2-1 defeat boss Claude Puel said he was hopeful of welcoming his player back, but remained cautious.

  • Joey Payne