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    Pep Guardiola says Kalvin Phillips has no choice but to have surgery on his shoulder problem – but believes his midfielder can be ready for the World Cup.

    The £45 million midfielder did not feature in the 20-man squad for the 3-0 win at Wolves on Saturday.

    And his club boss has confirmed there is no way the former Leeds man can meet up with the England squad this week.

    The latest setback will come as a blow to Gareth Southgate as one of his key men has barely played any football this season.

    Guardiola revealed the shoulder has popped out ‘three or four times’ and going under the knife now seems the only option.

    The City boss said: “It’s a problem with the shoulder again and maybe he needs surgery in the next days.

    “He won’t go with England this time, no way.

    “I am not a doctor but in a good way he can be at the World Cup, of course.

    “The doctor says the only solution right now is to do what we have to do.

    “Every time he’s out because of this and the doctors say if it’s three or four times out then the only solution is to have surgery.”

    Brighton have confirmed the appointment of Roberto De Zerbi as their new head coach.

    The Italian, 43, replaces Graham Potter following his move to Chelsea nine days ago.

    The Italian has signed a four-year deal and Brighton chairman Tony Bloom is excited by his arrival.

    He said: “I am absolutely thrilled Roberto has agreed to become our new head coach.

    “Roberto’s teams play an exciting and courageous brand of football, and I am confident his style and tactical approach will suit our existing squad superbly.”

    Leicester are being backed to make a move for Mauricio Pochettino or Rafael Benitez if they sack Brendan Rodgers.

    The Foxes boss is under pressure after losing 6-2 to Tottenham with Leicester bottom of the Premier League.

    Rodgers has taken responsibility for his team’s slump, which has seen them pick up just one point from seven games and concede 22 goals.

    With Leicester already in danger of relegation, former Burnley manager Sean Dyche has emerged as the bookies’ favourite to take over.


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