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'We have a responsibility' - Leicester's Puel focused on more than result ahead of Cardiff match

22:29 SAST 2018/11/01
Claude Puel
The Foxes will be focused solely on honouring Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in their game on Saturday, the manager has said

Claude Puel says the result will be insignificant when Leicester City play their first Premier League match since the death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Leicester chairman Srivaddhanaprabha was one of five people killed when his helicopter crashed outside King Power Stadium shortly after last weekend's draw against West Ham.

Former manager Claudio Ranieri was among those to pay his respects to Srivaddhanaprabha on Thursday as he laid a wreath at the stadium.

The tragedy has taken a heavy emotional toll on the club and Saturday's trip to Cardiff City was in doubt following the postponement of the scheduled Carabao Cup tie against Southampton.

Puel has revealed his players agreed as a group to proceed with the Premier League fixture in tribute to Srivaddhanaprabha.

"The game is not important, the result is not important. But our desire, our action, our power to give our best on the pitch, to honour our chairman, I think is the most important thing," the Leicester manager said.

"The result is the second thing but I think about our condition, our focus.

"We will be ready but I hope we can find a good balance between conviction and emotion in this game because if we remain just on the emotion it will be difficult.

"But I am confident after seeing my players at a training session that they can give their best for a few minutes and I hope we can have this feeling just for the game. Before and after, we cannot forget.

"I think we have a responsibility to continue this way and I think all the players are ready to compete."

Daniel Amartey will miss the match, with Puel confirming the defender is set for a lengthy stint on the sideline following surgery on the ankle he injured against West Ham.

The Ghanian left the field in injury time with his leg in a brace after a nasty looking collision with West Ham forward Michail Antonio.

"Daniel had surgery and it was a success," he said.

"He will normally not be available for four months. It was fantastic of Daniel to sacrifice himself for the team like that."