Jack87 news today, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said today that England internationals Kyle Walker and Calvin Phillips are likely to recover from injuries before the start of the World Cup in Qatar later this month.
asianbookie Walker underwent groin surgery in early October while Phillips was sidelined with a shoulder problem. The pair are racing against time to get fit before England’s World Cup tie against Iran in Group B on November 21.
England will also face Wales and the United States in their group, bk8 who reached the semi-finals at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
“It’s quite possible (they can be ready) the way they recover,” Guardiola told reporters.
“I don’t know Gareth’s intentions. He talks to the players and doctors regularly. They know better than me. What I hear in the dressing room is that they are ready.”
Asked if Walker and Phillips were desperate to return, Guardiola replied: “I would say yes. You don’t play in the World Cup every week.”
Guardiola said Phillips has been training in part with the team but has yet to return to contact training.
“We’ll see his evolution. I know how important the World Cup is, but I’m not going to use players that I don’t think are ready,” the Spaniard said when asked if Phillips could play for City ahead of the World Cup. said the head coach.
“Kyle, I’m impressed with the speed of his recovery, but it’s still a bit late compared to Calvin,” he added.
Premier League champions Manchester City host Sevilla in their final Champions League game on Wednesday, having advanced to the last 16 as Group G winners.
Guardiola said he could rotate the squad for this game, but the team will be without injured striker Erling Haaland, who also missed last weekend’s 1-0 league win at Leicester.
“He feels better… boda8 still not 100 per cent, so we don’t want to risk it. Hopefully we have him against Fulham (Saturday),” Guardiola said.