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Leicester boss Puel considering rest for Maguire

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Leicester boss Claude Puel has admitted he is considering giving Harry Maguire a rest.

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 and finished fourth in the tournament.

"Harry has played a lot of games, but I will analyse it," said Puel ahead of his side's home game against 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."

Dele Alli expected to return for Spurs' trip to Brighton

Dele Alli missed Spurs' defeat to Liverpool through injury. Credit: PA

Tottenham look set to have Dele Alli back for the trip to Brighton after he returned to training on Thursday.

Alli has missed Spurs' last two games after suffering a hamstring injury on international duty with England.

Captain Hugo Lloris (thigh) is still out, while boss Mauricio Pochettino is expected to confirm at his press conference whether Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier will return after they were rested at Inter Milan.

The defeat at the San Siro on Tuesday made it three successive losses for Pochettino for the first time in his Spurs reign.

But the Argentinian is taking a balanced view of the team's recent struggles.

"I am so relaxed, so calm. I know football," he said.

"When you win you get praise you sometimes don't deserve. When you lose you get criticised and you need to keep the balance. I accept that situation is going to happen.

"Our objective is to have a very good balance between all the perception and our reality. The group is OK, they are a little bit anxious about winning games. Sometimes it's good to feel pain from the defeat."

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