Leicester City manager Claude Puel says defender Filip Benkovic will likely remain at Glasgow Celtic for the rest of the season.

The 21-year-old joined the Foxes last summer in a £13million deal from Dinamo Zagreb but was allowed to join the Bhoys on loan for the season on transfer deadline day.

The Croatia Under-21 international has played just 28 minutes of football for Leicester when he came on as a substitute in their 4-0 win over Fleetwood Town in the EFL Cup back in August.

Benkovic has largely impressed at Celtic since arriving at Parkhead and has played in all but three of their Premiership fixtures this season.

There has been speculation that the King Power Stadium outfit may recall the defender but Puel has dismissed the rumours.

“If we don’t get any injuries, it’s better Filip maintains his loan at Celtic,” the Leicester manager told BBC Radio Leicester.

The Foxes are well stocked in the defensive department with Harry Maguire and Jonny Evans being the favoured pairing while Puel also has Wes Morgan and Caglar Soyuncu to call upon.

Benkovic, who has made 15 appearances for Celtic, was taken off at half-time in their 1-0 defeat to Rangers on Saturday with a suspected hamstring injury.

The Gers now draw level on points with the Bhoys after their 1-0 victory in the Old Firm derby but the Parkhead side remain at the top of the Premiership on goal difference and have a game in hand over their Glasgow rivals.

Kilmarnock, who are in third place, are just a point off Celtic but they too have played a game more than the current reigning champions.

The Scottish Premiership is undergoing a winter break and Brendan Rodgers’ side are back in action on January 19 when they face Airdrieonians in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.


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