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Claude Puel: 'Jamie Vardy, Harry Maguire doubts for Manchester United clash'

Puel: 'Vardy, Maguire doubts for United'
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Leicester City boss Claude Puel admits that Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire could both miss the team's Premier League opener with Manchester United.

Leicester City boss Claude Puel has admitted that England pair Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire could both miss the team's Premier League opener with Manchester United next Friday.

Vardy and Maguire were both in action for England at the 2018 World Cup, and the pair are yet to return to training.

Leicester will open their 2018-19 Premier League season against United at Old Trafford on August 10, and Puel has conceded that the duo are unlikely to be involved due to their lack of training.

"If we are serious I think they cannot participate in the first game, with just five days training with the team. They normally need more time, but we will see together with calm," Puel told reporters.

"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."

Leicester will round off their preparations for the new campaign with a friendly against Lille this weekend.

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Leicester City defender Harry Maguire in action during a Premier League match against Burnley in April 2018
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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