Foxes in need of a break, says City’s Evans

Western Morning News (Saturday) - - Football Sport - BY NICK MASHITER

Le­ices­ter’s Jonny Evans ad­mits the Foxes needed a break ahead of their re­turn to ac­tion against Brighton.

The Foxes go to the Seag­ulls on Satur­day af­ter the in­ter­na­tional break fol­low­ing the death of owner Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha and four oth­ers in a he­li­copter crash last month.

Man­ager Claude Puel said on Thurs­day it is time to move for­ward and fo­cus on foot­ball fol­low­ing the tragedy and Evans con­ceded the squad had been men­tally drained.

“You can’t keep play­ing on that same high emo­tion ev­ery sin­gle week,” he said.

“Ob­vi­ously ev­ery game we go into, there’s a huge de­ter­mi­na­tion to win, but in those two games [Cardiff and Burn­ley] there was a height­ened emo­tion in most play­ers and it’s very, very hard to play like that.

“You have to keep your emo­tions at a cer­tain level at the right times in games and it’s im­por­tant that we do that through­out the rest of the sea­son.

“The in­ter­na­tional break prob­a­bly did come at a good time. We had an away game and a home game and it wasn’t un­til I’d gone away on in­ter­na­tional duty that I re­alised how emo­tion­ally drained and tired ev­ery­one would have felt.

“It was a tough cou­ple of weeks, but I thought ev­ery­one dealt with it re­ally well, the club as a whole and the play­ers.

“Now we’ve come back from the in­ter­na­tional break, I think it’s im­por­tant for us to re-fo­cus and con­tinue play­ing well and try to get points.”

Evans has over­come a knee in­jury af­ter com­ing off against Burn­ley and is set to start with Harry Maguire again out with his own knee prob­lem, while Jamie Vardy is a doubt with a groin is­sue.

The Foxes are two points ahead of the Seag­ulls in the Premier League and Evans is wary of six-goal Glenn Murray. “He’s ob­vi­ously been on fire the last year or so.”

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