Kyle Walker in line for England return against USA as James Maddison misses training on Tuesday to continue treatment on knee injury

    Kyle Walker took part in England’s training session on Tuesday and could be in line to feature against the USA on Friday.

    The Manchester City defender has been out of action since picking up a groin injury in the Manchester derby on October 2.

    Kyle Walker came through training unscathed on Tuesday as he pushes for a recall

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    Kyle Walker came through training unscathed on Tuesday as he pushes for a recall

    Walker subsequently underwent surgery to rectify the issue and was included in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for the World Cup, despite concerns over his group stage participation.

    The 32-year-old now appears to be at full fitness and talkSPORT’s Faye Carruthers believes he could be in the frame to make his comeback from injury on Friday night.

    “I think he might play Walker,” said Carruthers after attending England’s training session in Qatar on Tuesday.

    “Kyle Walker was warming up down the touchline on my right-hand side last night [against Iran] and he just rubbed the top of his groin and looked uncomfortable at one point.

    “I’ve seen him today, he trained alongside the rest of the non-starters, all apart from James Maddison and Callum Wilson, and looked absolutely fine.

    “Gareth Southgate – when I spoke to him a couple of days ago – said that he’s a few days ahead of the schedule they had for him and maybe he might actually wait until the final [group] game depending on what happens against the USA.

    It has been a frustrating start to tournament football for James Maddison who is nursing a knee injury

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    It has been a frustrating start to tournament football for James Maddison who is nursing a knee injury

    “But if he’s ahead and ready to play then why not play him?”

    Meanwhile James Maddison missed training again as he continues to receive treatment over a knee injury picked up in Leicester City’s game against West Ham ten days ago.

    The 25-year-old was included in Southgate’s squad after a string of fine performances for the Foxes but his participation in Qatar remains unclear.

    England head up the Group B table after the first round of fixtures following their 6-2 mauling of Iran.

    England know a victory against the USA would book their place in the knockout rounds

    England know a victory against the USA would book their place in the knockout rounds

    Wales’ 1-1 draw against the USA means a victory for the Three Lions on Friday would guarantee safe passage through to the round of 16 where they would face a qualifier from Group A.

    One of the Netherlands, Senegal, Qatar or Ecuador would stand in England’s way should they make it through to the knockout stage.

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