Jamie Vardy and Manchester United target Harry Maguire back in Leicester City training after pair return from their post-World Cup holidays
- Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire returned to Leicester City training on Monday
- The pair have been on holiday after the World Cup with England this summer
- Maguire saw his summer dominated with talk of a move to Manchester United
- Boss Claude Puel accepts the duo are unlikely to be ready for the season opener
Monday mornings are tough at the best of times but for Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire there was also a physically demanding first training session back at Leicester City.
But with the Foxes opening the 2018-19 season on Friday away to Manchester United, the duo have plenty of catching up to do in terms of match fitness and manager Claude Puel last week all but ruled them out of the opener.
Harry Maguire showed he has not been slacking while away as he is tested for his leap
It was all smiles for Jamie Vardy at the training ground as he returns for his first training session
The pair went head to head on the metal bars with Maguire getting the edge over Vardy
Maguire, a key target for United boss Jose Mourinho, looked to have the edge on Vardy during an arms exercise on the metal bars.
The central defender’s stock has soared following a number of impressive performances for England this summer and Leicester boss Puel will be hoping he is still a Foxes player come the end of the window on Thursday.
Training away from the main group having just returned from holiday, both players were shown exactly what was expected of them with coaches using laptops to get their messages across.
Both players were crucial to the team last season but boss Puel knows the limited training time compared to the rest of the group means they are highly unlikely to get minutes at Old Trafford.
Both players were talked through their day of training, set out on a laptop, with coaches
Boss Claude Puel accepted the pair were unlikely to be ready to play in Friday’s opening game
The manager insists he does not want to ‘rush’ them back and play them after a couple of days
‘If we are serious I think they cannot participate in the first game, with just five days training with the team,’ Puel told reporters recently. ‘They normally need more time, but we will see together with calm.
‘We don’t rush these players. It is important after the World Cup to work but also come back with the team and live with the team to find again the atmosphere of the club and the squad.
‘Of course Jamie and Harry are valuable players for us but we need to protect them. If they are available to play in their minds it is a good thing… but we have to take a protective decision from us.’