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Riyad Mahrez rejects AWOL claims on return to Leicester training

11 February 2018

"Luckily, Kevin De Bruyne is playing for us, helping us to score", he told CityTV .

"I have been a part of the Leicester City team that has achieved much success including promotion to the Premier League and being champions of the League".

"It would not have been correct to go the manager, who is preparing for the game, and say, 'I need one or two players to go on the bench, ' when they are going to play".

"I said before my last press conference it was important for him to come back quick", Puel said.

Leicester manager Claude Puel says he hopes Riyad Mahrez can "get his head right" and rejoin the team, confirming the Algeria worldwide will not feature against Manchester City on Saturday.

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"Every time we dropped points this season, the next game we won, which is so, so important".

Mahrez trained with his team-mates and had lunch with them leaving on the coach to a hotel outside Manchester.

City opened the scoring in only the third minute, Raheem Sterling showing he learned his lesson from a frightful miss against Burnley last week and tapping in at the back post.

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City have scored three goals or more in each of their last five top-flight home games.

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The Belgian midfielder was about to be awarded the man of the match award by Sky Sports until Aguero crashed in his fourth goal of the day in stoppage time.

The Argentina worldwide hopes City - who are 16 points clear atop the table - can continue their good form.

"Adding to Mahrez's anger is that other heroes of Leicester's title-winning triumph €" N'Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater €" have been allowed to leave the club and join Chelsea with far less resistance. City also defeated Leicester on penalties in a League Cup tie in December.

City boss Pep Guardiola said: "First half we started good with the first goal".

"The great players buy themselves time, the game looks like it stands still when they've got the ball and De Bruyne has that capacity".

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Riyad Mahrez rejects AWOL claims on return to Leicester training