Walker and Phillips 'likely' to be fit for England's World Cup bid

Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips are both ‘likely’ to be fit for England’s World Cup bid, reveals Pep Guardiola in a boost for Gareth Southgate – as the Man City boss says he has been ‘impressed’ with the right back’s recovery from groin surgery

  • Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips are battling to be fit in time for the World Cup
  • Phillips has been out of action since September after injuring his shoulder 
  • Walker hasn’t played since last month’s Manchester derby with a groin injury 
  • Pep Guardiola though said it’s likely that both will be fit in time for Qatar 

Pep Guardiola says it’s ‘likely’ that Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips will recover from their injuries in time to be ready for the World Cup.

The Manchester City duo are in a race against time to make Gareth Southgate’s squad, with the England boss required to submit his squad by November 13. 

Phillips who has only played 13 minutes of action this season, has been out since September with a shoulder injury, while Walker has not played since the Manchester derby last month due to a groin issue. 

Pep Guardiola says Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips are likely to be fit in time for the World Cup

The Manchester City manager said he had been impressed by Walker’s recovery after the right-back (pictured) underwent groin surgery after last month’s Manchester derby victory 

Ahead of Manchester City’s final Champions League group game against Sevilla on Wednesday, also said he had been impressed by Walker’s recovery from injury.    

‘It’s likely, from the way they recover,’ Guardiola said. ‘I don’t know the intention with Kyle but the doctors know better than me.

‘Gareth (Southgate) has spoken to the players directly. From what I hear in the dressing room, it is likely they can be ready. You don’t play a World Cup every week. We’ve been impressed with Kyle’s recovery but he is late compared to Kalvin.’

Walker’s World Cup hopes looked to be in major doubt after suffering the injury on October 2

Kalvin Phillips has also had his injury issues which has limited him to just 13 minutes of action 

Walker went off with an injury in the first-half of City’s 6-3 victory over Man United on October 2.

Should he make the team, it would be particularly impressive after he underwent  groin surgery which left him a major doubt for the World Cup. 

Guardiola said: ‘He’s doing partial training session with the team, not contact yet. 


Walker isn’t the only right-back whose involvement in the World Cup is at doubt, with Chelsea sending Reece James to Dubai to continue his rehabilitation as he recovers from a knee injury. 

Guardiola said Walker’s recovery is ‘late’ in comparison to that of his team-mate Phillips

Walker (pictured) has excelled and been an integral part of Southgate’s side over recent years while Phillips was a regular starter for England at last summer’s European Championships

The Spaniard added that Phillips is doing partial training sessions with the team, but won’t rush him back for the Premier League clash with Fulham this weekend.

He said: ‘We’ll see his evolution. I know how important is the World Cup but I don’t use a player I don’t think is ready. I feel the games will be tight. 

‘At the end of the season, lots of things involved. I don’t think against Fulham, just for the quality of the opponent, even Brentford in the first half. Will be tight, so we evaluate the conditions.’

England kick-off their World Cup campaign on November 21 against Iran. 

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