The Mirror says Puel plans to speak to Mahrez when the Leicester star has “cleared his head" after confirming he is not available for tomorrow's Premier League clash with Swansea.
The Algerian is insisting he is 'depressed' and in no frame of mind to play or even train for the Foxes after his dream move to Man City collapsed on deadline day.
Mahrez went AWOL earlier in the week and Leicester have refused to confirm if the star was again absent without leave today.
Leicester are insisting they would have sold Mahrez to City had the Premier League leaders coughed up £80million cash on deadline day.
Puel said: “Riyad will not be available for this game. I can say the club we took this decision for the best of Leicester I think.
“We need to respect this decision. I think it is the best decision for this squad.
“We will assess Riyad when he has cleared himself. We know after transfer window it is always difficult. It is a tough situation for us to manage."