Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy were part of the England team that reached the semi-finals of the World Cup. (Reuters Photo)
England's Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire will most likely miss Leicester City's Premier League opener against Manchester United on August 10, the club's manager Claude Puel said. With just eight days left to the Premier League and with the pre-season going on, the club's have been pondering over their starting players for the opening phase of their leagues.
Vardy and Maguire have not yet returning to training with Leicester as they are taking a break after the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where Maguire featured in all of England's seven matches. Gareth Southgate's side reached the semi-finals of the tournament in Russia.
Many players are still holidaying after a hectic World Cup in Russia and several of Manchester United players are in the list too. Jose Mourinho has time and again picked up the topic of missing some of his key players in the pre-season tour.
While Phil Jones and Marcus Rashford have decided to return to the camp early, United are expected to still miss several of World Cup participants in their opener at Old Trafford.
"If we are serious I think they cannot participate in the first game, with just five days training with the team," Puel told reporters. "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."
Leicester, who drew 1-1 with Spanish club Valencia in a friendly on Wednesday, will play French top-flight side Lille in their final pre-season fixture on Saturday.
(With Reuters inputs)