Algeria's Mahrez set for Leicester start against Hammers

Reuters , Ahram Online , Thursday 29 Dec 2016

Stoke City's Bruno Martins Indi in action with Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez. (Reuters)
Riyad Mahrez is likely to start for Leicester City against West Ham United in Saturday's Premier League clash, manager Claudio Ranieri has indicated.
The Algeria's international was dropped to the bench against Everton because Ranieri said he felt the Algerian winger needed a rest.
But the manager is now looking for a creative spark to prevent a third straight game without a win.
"I watched him during the training session last week and he was a little tired. He worked so hard, 10 men verses 11 at Stoke," the manager added.
"I decided to give him a little rest and I want to see his reaction. Now he feels better. I am waiting for a very good reaction.
"I am the manager, I have to chose the right moment to give him a rest. Players are not a machine you can put a coin in and they work."
Jamie Vardy was sent off in the 2-2 draw with Stoke and is again suspended against a West Ham side whose three successive victories have pushed them up to 11th.
Not for the first time this season, Ranieri called on his players for a reaction, urging them to play without fear and get the crucial three points.
"We are unhappy, no one is happy. The chairman, me, the sporting director, the staff, the players, we have to react. As soon as possible," he said.
"We are the Foxes and the Foxes are fearless. We know very well we are in the battle and we are ready to fight.
"We want to reach 20 points, we have to win against West Ham. We need points and we will fight. In life there are good moments and bad moments. I want to see how my players react to the bad moments." 
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