Dyche sweats over serious Brady injury
Leicester City 1 Burnley 0
Claude Puel was purring after Riyad's Mahrez's match-winning intervention yesterday afternoon, but from an Irish perspective all eyes were on Burnley boss Sean Dyche post-match.
Ireland midfielder Robbie Brady had to be carried from the pitch on a stretcher as the Clarets were dealt an injury blow after half an hour of the defeat at the King Power Stadium. The Dubliner worked a shooting opportunity 18 yards out but Harry Maguire nicked the ball away as he pulled the trigger, resulting in a nasty-looking collision of shins. Both players lay on the ground in some pain and after receiving treatment Brady had to leave the action.
Clarets manager Dyche feared the worst, saying: "We are waiting on actual factual news but it looks like it's more serious than not serious to me, so we will have to wait and see. He's at the hospital now so I don't want to give too much information as I don't know the actual facts, but it is a knee problem."
In contrast, an upbeat Puel was pleased to see Mahrez catch the eye for more than one reason. The Algerian has largely been below par so far this season but he suggested an upturn in form might be around the corner with a superb goal in the midweek win against Tottenham. Sporting bright blond hair yesterday - a move away from his usual jet black colour - Mahrez produced a performance of the calibre so often witnessed during Leicester's Premier League title-winning campaign of 2015/'16.
It was his delicious cross that caused Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope to push the ball into the path of Demarai Gray, who tucked away the only goal of the game at the King Power Stadium.
Mahrez also had a couple of opportunities to score, most notably at the end when his low shot brought a good save from Pope, and Puel was delighted with the 26-year-old's contribution.
"I am happy about the game of Riyad today because it was good without the ball and he did hard work for the team," said the Frenchman. "He was good also with the ball. It was consistent and interesting for him and the team today, especially given the colour of his hair!"
Asked what he made of Mahrez's new look, Puel said: "It is not a problem for me, just for him. If he shines even more like that then so be it, it will be a good thing."
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