English Premiership

Ranieri plays down Mahrez injury fears

2016-03-07 10:38
Riyad Mahrez (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has allayed concerns that Riyad Mahrez could be set for a spell on the sidelines after he was substituted during the win over Watford.

The Algerian international scored another brilliant goal, his 15th of the season, from 18 yards out to earn the Foxes victory away from home and the result puts them five points ahead of Tottenham with only nine games still to go.

However, Mahrez appeared to injure himself 12 minutes before the end and he was substituted.

Ranieri, though, says he was simply tired.

"There's no injury," the Italian said. "Just that he was tired, maybe a little cramp, and then I changed him in just the last minute to give more support to the midfield."

The Leicester City fairy tale continues though and Ranieri admits they are in with a chance of doing "something special".

"I don't want to know who's behind us, I just want to run very, very fast," he told Saturday Night Football. 

"I tell my players that every game is a final. I don't know how many points. At the end of the first part of the season when we achieved 39 points, I said I wanted to achieve one more.

"79? I don't know if that will be enough but I will be happy. Of course now we are running for something special - why not?"


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