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By ESPN Staff

Gokhan Inler 'sick' with reduced playing time at Leicester City

Leicester City midfielder Gokhan Inler is "sick" with his lack of minutes with the Foxes this season, and says he regrets not making a move to another club during the most recent January transfer window.

The Switzerland captain has made just 10 appearances for Claudio Ranieri's unlikely Premier League leaders, and says he only stayed with the club through January because of a vote of confidence from Ranieri. 

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"I had several enquiries in January, but didn't leave as the manager said that he was counting on me," Inler said on Monday.

"But there have been no more games for me since then. It makes me sick, and the stupid thing for me is that I have the Euro 2016 finals with Switzerland this summer.

"I am in a critical situation. I usually speak diplomatically, but I have to face up to why things are the way they are.

"There is no point in me trying to sugar-coat the situation.

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Gokhan Inler has found it hard to see the field of late for Leicester.

"I said no to West Ham, Sunderland and Schalke to join Leicester, and I would do the same again.

"I won't run away and give up on the club's project. I wanted a challenge, and I have got one for sure."

The 31-year-old former Napoli man hasn't given up on trying fight his way back into the team, however, and cited the form of those ahead of him as his biggest barrier to overcome.

"If you try to play short passes you get two or three opponents pressurising you straight away, and you can't fall over to win free-kicks as the refs tell you to play on," Inler said.

"I got first-team chances last year against Aston Villa and Stoke, but everything was new for me back then and I didn't use them. [Danny] Drinkwater and [N'Golo] Kante have done very well for us.

"We'll need everyone next season -- Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez -- and myself. I am trying everything to get back into the first team, and I will succeed."

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