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David Moyes may drop Andy Carroll after row in training

Andy Carroll could be dropped for West Ham United’s crucial match against Leicester City on Saturday after the player a row with team boss David Moyes in training.

Moyes was unhappy with Carroll’s reaction to not being included in a triple substitution during West Ham’s 4-1 defeat to Manchester City at the London Stadium.

The striker did little to hide his frustration before leaving his place on the bench, and the manager vowed to tackle the situation after the game.

However, Carroll was unrepentant during talks with Moyes on Monday, leading to him being sent home from the training ground after refusing to apologise for his behaviour.

Carroll’s future at the club is now in the doubt and although their relationship is not beyond repair, Moyes is considering leaving the 29-year-old out entirely when West Ham seek to ease their relegation fears against Leicester.

West Ham could have James Collins and Pedro Obiang available for the trip to the King Power Stadium, with the former expected to train later this week after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Obiang, who has been sorely missed in defensive midfield since suffering a knee injury against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup in January, could be on the bench after returning ahead of schedule.

Leicester City: Claude Puel’s future hangs in the balance

Claude Puel has to prove to Leicester City that he is the right man to lead the club into next season amidst growing unease about his management style and the poor run of results that has led to the first signs of supporter unrest.

Thus far, Leicester have won only four of their past 17 league matches and there is growing concern within the club that they are in danger of heading into a critical summer, when there is expected to be a significant turnover of players.

Their final four games of the campaign — against Crystal Palace, West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur — could be critical in terms of whether Leicester decide to stick with Puel.

Puel was appointed as Craig Shakespeare’s successor in October, but the second half of the season has fallen well short of expectations and it is also clear the Frenchman’s approach to the job has gone down badly among some of the playing squad.

Nonetheless, players have been left bemused by Puel’s chopping and changing of the team, not least because it is not his style to explain the thinking behind his decisions to those who are left out, and that have also been questions over the intensity of his training sessions.

It was a lack of communication is understood to be an issue across the board, with Puel described as distant.

The supporters made their thoughts clear last Thursday at the end of an uninspiring 0-0 draw against Southampton, a result which was greeted with loud booing as Leicester dropped points at home for the fifth game in succession, with three of those opponents now in the bottom four.

Relegation looms for Saints after Southampton draw at Leicester

Southampton manager Mark Hughes says that his team has to “take more risks” and “just go for it”, after they were held to a goalless draw against Leicester at the King Power and the prospect of relegation looms.

The Saints would remain four points from safety and are winless in their last eight games as they head into Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley.

Southampton’s Shane Long was denied from close range in the second half after Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho went close before the break.

Saints keeper Alex McCarthy also tipped over Jamie Vardy’s prodded effort as Leicester searched for a winner.

“We need to be on the front foot,” said Hughes. “We have to ask more questions than we did of Leicester.”

“Defensively we were better but we have got to get the balance right. We need to defend properly and be a threat the other way.”

“Only time will tell to see whether the point is enough for us. We are looking to get maximum points from every game now.”

“The players are a little bit flat and we have got a big game at the weekend but we are not in the situation where we are downhearted.’

Southampton’s next Premier League match is on 28 April when they host Bournemouth in one of their four remaining games of the season.