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Team News: Riyad Mahrez fit to start for Leicester City

Riyad Mahrez is passed fit to start for Leicester City against Newcastle United at the King Power Stadium.

Riyad Mahrez has been included in the Leicester City starting lineup for tonight's clash against Newcastle United.

The Algerian winger has been suffering with a hamstring strain of late, but he has shaken that off to feature at the King Power Stadium.

Mahrez's availability means that manager Claudio Ranieri has opted to stick with the same side that claimed a 1-0 win from their trip to Watford last time out.

Meanwhile, new Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has made two alterations to his side.

Vurnon Anita and Aleksandar Mitrovic have both been recalled, while the injured Paul Dummett drops out and Emmanuel Riviere finds himself among the substitutes.

On top of that, January signing Jonjo Shelvey has retained the captain's armband in the continued absence of Fabricio Coloccini.

Leicester City: Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Mahrez, Kante, Drinkwater, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy
Subs: Schwarzer, Wasilewski, Amartey, Inler, Gray, Schlupp, Ulloa

Newcastle United: Elliot; Janmaat, Taylor, Lascelles, Colback; Sissoko, Anita, Shelvey, Wijnaldum, Perez; Mitrovic
Subs: Darlow, Sterry, Saivet, Townsend, De Jong, Riviere, Doumbia

Follow Sports Mole's live text coverage of the Premier League encounter in the East Midlands here.

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Thursday's key events


ROWING
· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
· Caeleb Dressel of the USA has been touted by some as the successor to Michael Phelps, and he has the chance to notch up a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 100m freestyle final (3.37am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

HOCKEY
· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

CANOE SLALOM
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ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
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