Leicester boss Claude Puel has admitted he is considering giving Harry Maguire a rest against Huddersfield this weekend. The 25-year-old central defender has played 63 matches in all competitions since the beginning of last season, including seven at this summer’s World Cup as England reached the semi-finals.
This week Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino decided against taking Toby Alderweireld and Maguire’s England team-mate Kieran Trippier to Italy for their Champions League game against Inter Milan, while Eden Hazard didn’t travel with Chelsea to Greece for their Europa League match against PAOK Salonika.
“Harry has played a lot of games, but I will analyse it,” said Puel ahead of his side’s home game with Huddersfield on Saturday.
“To participate in a competition like the World Cup is tough to come back with good focus and freshness and concentration, this is a common thing.
“But if I rest him for this game and we lose, I know I will be criticised.
“But it is important to keep players fresh and we must have a good focus about this. Players need to have some protection.”