Claude Puel has admitted that he could rest influential defender Harry Maguire for Leicester’s visit of Huddersfield on Saturday. The Foxes chief has spoken out ahead of the weekend’s clash with the Terriers and he revealed his concerns about the possibility of Maguire suffering from burn-out as the season progresses.
The 25-year-old’s involvement in England’s World Cup campaign in Russia means he has now played 63 matches in all competitions since the beginning of last term.
Maguire looked jaded in last weekend’s 4-2 defeat at Bournemouth and was fortunate not to pick up a red card at the Vitality Stadium.
And, while Puel knows he could face huge criticism if he leaves Maguire out and the Foxes fail to defeat Huddersfield on home soil, it is something he feels could be necessary to keep him at the top of his game.
“Harry has played a lot of games, but I will analyse it,” the Frenchman said.
“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.”