Instead, he appears to have gone AWOL.
Adding to Mahrez's anger is that other heroes of Leicester's title-winning triumph - N'Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater - have been allowed to leave the club and join Chelsea with far less resistance. Even if they played yesterday, bring one and put them on the bench.
"I think he will be ready to be in contention for Saturday", Pochettino said.
Mahrez has ended his self-imposed exile by returning to training on Friday, saying "presumptions" about his absence were "totally without foundation".
City players, especially Raheem Sterling, were guilty of squandering easy chances against the Clarets, and Pep Guardiola will hope for much better finishing from his side against the Foxes.
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Mahrez's mindset after seeing his dream move crushed should not be disregarded, however well-paid his current contract is at Leicester. For that reason, I didn't call him.
But there is still a contract to abide by.
But, there was still some controversy surrounding the whole debacle to surface on Friday, as Mahrez himself released quite a telling statement. The 24-year-old's rise has continued apace, leading to a call-up by Gareth Southgate for the England National Team.
Most importantly, Mahrez has detailed his explanation for going on strike at the club.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola dismissed former Manchester United captain Gary Neville's fleeting coaching career and sarcastically labelled him a "prestigious pundit" in response to criticism from the Sky Sports analyst.
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The previous year has also witnessed significant inflation in transfer fees as the world record was more than doubled in August by Neymar's 222 million euro (then $262 million) move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.
After 10 days away Mahrez is set to return to Leicester's training ground. and could face Man City.
Fortunately, for Wenger's men, with Tottenham playing their home games at Wembley this season while White Hart Lane is rebuilt, it will be the first north London derby at the national stadium since 1993.
Puel said yesterday: "I think I hope Riyad can get his head right and to come back with us and back to hard work".
Leicester has probably peaked, for now.
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Riyad Mahrez says assumptions made about his recent absence from Leicester training were "completely untrue". "We had that day a training session at 4 p.m.in the afternoon, at the same time five or six of the players I could have taken, had a game here", Guardiola told a news conference. "He's a magnificent footballer".