Claude Puel: Experienced duo want to play


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Leicester boss Claudel Puel has confirmed he is planning to make changes for Friday’s FA Cup clash with Sheffield United but Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire are desperate to play.

The Foxes, 11.00 to win the competition outright, will host the Blades at King Power Stadium.

Puel has made alterations to his team in the previous fixtures and he is planning to rest several of his key players before his team return to Premier League duties.

Centre-back Maguire is reportedly desperate to face his former club, while star striker Vardy is a former Sheffield Wednesday player.

Both are determined to make their mark in the fixture and Puel admits they have been working hard in training.

He told the Leicester Mercury: “They are a former club of Harry Maguire and Wednesday is the former club of Vardy. It is difficult to manage this in the squad.

“Harry wants to play but I am a little concerned about his presence because he is a Sheffield United fan so perhaps that is a problem.

I have enjoyed training all week. After the Man City game we found a good positive attitude and all the players want to play in this game.”

Captain Wes Morgan has returned to the squad after a hamstring injury and his available to face United, but Japan international Shinji Okazaki will be missing with a knee injury.

Leicester are 1.53 favourites, with the draw 4.20, while United are priced at 6.50 to pull off the shock victory.

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