Man City give Mahrez week off after AFCON exit

Man City give Mahrez week off after AFCON exit
Algerian captain Riyad Mahrez

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Jan 22, 2022. 14:00

Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez has been given a week-long holiday by his club, Manchester City after his country’s elimination from the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Prior to the clash with Ivory Coast, the Desert Foxes had suffered a shock 1-0 loss to Equatorial Guinea and also drawn 0-0 with tournament debutants, Sierra Leone.

The last time Mahrez played for Man City was on January 1 when he scored the equaliser in their 2-1 comeback win over Arsenal in a Premier League game.

“Holiday for a week. After the African Cup of Nations, he has permission to take one week off and come back with the team next week,” City manager Pep Guardiola said on Reuters.

The left-footed player will now miss City’s Premier League clash against Southampton on Saturday as Guardiola’s side look to extend their lead at the top of the league standings.

Mahrez is likely to return action for City when they face off with Fulham in the FA Cup fourth round on February 5 after the upcoming FIFA international break.

“They will have a few days off to rest a little bit [during the FIFA break]. Most of them never have a week off because they go to the national teams. They can spend time with their families and friends,” Guardiola added.

“We spoke with the club and it’s not safe enough to go there all together right now because of the coronavirus. We decide that everyone can go with themselves with their families.”

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