Leicester's Mahrez returns to training

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Sergio Aguero scored four second-half goals as Manchester City thumped Leicester to move 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

The 2016 PFA Player of the Year had handed in a transfer request, and on Thursday Foxes boss Puel confirmed he would not be in Saturday's Premier League squad to play at leaders City.

'I hope he can come back and work hard with the team sooner rather than later, of course, we will see, ' was all Puel said on the matter. Their dominance in unrivalled in recent years, but of the four occasions they've dropped points this year, three have come since December 31, so they're not quite in the form they were last time we played.

The image showed how some fans are willing to forgive Mahrez for going AWOL: they just want to see the club's best player on the pitch. He loves football, he loves his relationship with his team-mates, he enjoys his football.

Bernardo Silva cut the ball back to De Bruyne on the right and the Belgium midfielder, afforded too much space by Leicester's defence, curled a cross into the penalty area and Sterling nipped in front of Marc Albrighton at the back post to guide the ball home.

'He will come back with a good attitude and good level.

Claude Puel introduced Mahrez from the bench to a chorus of ironic cheers just after the hour mark, giving him his first appearance since January 20.

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Manchester City on the other hand, seem to already have their pick of players, with John Stones and Aymeric Laporte both able and quality ball-playing defenders.

Leicester made a double substitution with Mahrez and Iheanacho coming on to try and salvage the game.

Manchester United will have the opportunity to cut the deficit on their rivals once again when they travel to Newcastle United on Sunday (kick-off 14:15 GMT).

The Foxes suffered a 2-0 defeat to City in the reverse fixture in November and were also knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Pep Guardiola's side at the King Power Stadium in December.

Manchester City is one of the best teams in Europe this season, the club looks very strong.

Many pundits, including Neville and former England captain Alan Shearer, interpreted Guardiola's decision as a protest against a number of risky challenges made on City players during recent matches.

It could have set up an awkward second half, but De Bruyne and Aguero took control of the game and ensured that the blip of failing to win at Burnley seven days earlier didn't become anything more serious. It was a good response.

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