'Numb' Leicester preparing to play again following owner's death

Leicester City have been left "numb and in shock" by the tragic death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, manager Claude Puel has revealed.

In his first public comments since Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people killed when his helicopter crashed after last weekend's draw with West Ham, Puel called this "one of the hardest weeks" in the English Premier League club's history.

Terrible times: Leicester City's Claude Puel, paying respect to club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, will manage the team this weekend.

Terrible times: Leicester City’s Claude Puel, paying respect to club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, will manage the team this weekend.Credit:PA

"The tragic loss of five lives has left us numb and in shock and our thoughts are with Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's family and with all of the families who have lost a loved one," he told a news conference ahead of Saturday's Premier League game at Cardiff City.

"Vichai made Leicester City a family and made a dream. He invested in the club, the city and the people, he truly was loved by everyone inside and outside the club.

"He leaves a legacy and his vision for the club we take forward. I have never been prouder to be a manager of this club."

Puel acknowledged his team will be playing more for their owner than the result at Cardiff.

"Football has not been on our minds this last week but this weekend and all matches after we will play to honour a man who did so much for our club," Puel said.

"The result is the second thing. 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."

Leicester players may attend Srivaddhanaprabha's funeral, which begins on Saturday in Thailand and could go on for several days, the manager added.

"I want to give players the opportunity to go if they want to but I don't know about the logistics," Puel said.

"But the players want to go and support Vichai's family."

Meanwhile the club announced its rescheduled fourth round League Cup match against Southampton will now take place on November 27 at King Power Stadium.

The tie was originally scheduled for October 30 and Leicester said in a statement all tickets purchased for the original fixture would be valid for the rescheduled date, while supporters with tickets who were not able to attend the revised fixture would get a refund.

DPA, Reuters

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