Leicester City captain Wes Morgan wants pressure taken off Riyad Mahrez

Leicester City Riyad Mahrez

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Leicester City captain Wes Morgan has called on the Foxes players to step up to the plate and not allow Riyad Mahrez to take on all the match-winning responsibility.

The Algeria international has been one of the stars of the opening month of Premier League action, scoring four goals – a brace against Sunderland as well as efforts in the win at West Ham United and draw with Tottenham.

The 24-year-old, who moved to the Foxes from Le Havre in January 2014, had to be substituted in the fourth game of the season at Bournemouth when a challenge by Max Gradel forced him to be taken off at half time because of a back injury.

Mahrez is expected to be fully-fit for Sunday’s visit of Aston Villa to the King Power Stadium. It is a match Leicester are 1.85 to win, while a victory for Tim Sherwood’s side is available at 4.33 and the draw is 3.50.

“Obviously, in every game we play in we can’t just rely on our most threatening players,” said Morgan.

“You have to have a plan B, plan C and even a plan D at times.

“Mahrez had a quiet game against Bournemouth before he had to go off, but the boys up top and in midfield stepped up. We all worked hard to get the point.”

Andy King, Danny Drinkwater, Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki have also been in excellent form so far this season as Claudio Ranieri’s side have picked up eight points from their first four Premier League fixtures.

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