Leicester boss Puel opens up on rumours of rift with Jamie Vardy

Date published: Friday 8th February 2019 3:32 - Oli Fisher

during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Leicester City and Sheffield United at The King Power Stadium on February 16, 2018 in Leicester, England.

Leicester boss Claude Puel has dismissed suggestions of a rift with Jamie Vardy.

The striker was filmed apparently upset Puel was speaking to Paul Pogba on the pitch after the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United last weekend.

The footage could have been interpreted that the outburst was directed at the Frenchman.

But Puel – who has confirmed Marc Albrighton is likely to miss the rest of the season with a hamstring injury – insisted there are no problems with the forward.

He said: “I have a good relationship with him. We know Jamie – after he lost he is angry, it’s normal for a player.

“If I thought one of my players was disrespectful to me or the club there would be a sanction but that was not the case.”

Meanwhile, Albrighton has been ruled out for the rest of the season after a serious hamstring injury.

The winger needs surgery on the problem and is unlikely to feature for the Foxes again this term.

He suffered the injury in training before the loss to Manchester United.

Puel said: “We know the injury to Marc Albrighton, he’s had a serious hamstring injury which is bad news for us the team. He won’t be available perhaps until the end of the season.

“It is that serious. We know Marc’s qualities he brings the team, good spirit and aggressiveness.

“He is a hard worker for the team. We will see. The best thing for us is it gives other players an opportunity to show quality and how we play without Marc.”

Leicester go to Tottenham on Sunday also missing Daniel Amartey, who is sidelined with a broken ankle he suffered in October.


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