‘If we are serious I think they cannot participate in the first game’: Claude Puel rules Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy out of Premier League opener against Manchester United
- Claude Puel rules Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire out of Leicester’s opener
- The Foxes boss said it’ll be unlikely that they will feature against Man United
- The England duo are yet to return to training following the World Cup in Russia
- Both players helped guide England to the last four of the tournament
The England duo are yet to return to training with Leicester after a demanding World Cup in which Maguire featured in all seven matches as Gareth Southgate’s side reached the semi-finals of the tournament in Russia. The Foxes kick off the campaign against United at Old Trafford on Friday August 10.
‘If we are serious I think they cannot participate in the first game, with just five days training with the team,’ Leicester boss Claude Puel told reporters. ‘They normally need more time, but we will see together with calm.
Harry Maguire (left) and Jamie Vardy (right) are likely to miss the opening game of the season
Foxes boss Claude Puel said the duo won’t be facing Manchester United
‘We don’t rush these players. It is important after the World Cup to work but also come back with the team and live with the team to find again the atmosphere of the club and the squad.
‘Of course Jamie and Harry are valuable players for us but we need to protect them. If they are available to play in their minds it is a good thing… but we have to take a protective decision from us.’
United manager Jose Mourinho has also said that several of his team’s World Cup participants are likely to be absent when Leicester visit Old Trafford.
Maguire was one of England’s star men at World Cup in Russia and is yet to return to training
With the transfer window closing on August 9, Puel has ruled out letting Maguire, a top target of United, leave. United have also been linked with Vardy.
Leicester, who drew 1-1 with Spanish club Valencia in a friendly on Wednesday, will play French top-flight side Lille in their final pre-season fixture on Saturday.