Manchester City’s Kyle Walker a doubt for World Cup after groin surgery


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    Kyle Walker has been a key man for Gareth Southgate as England manager (Picture: Getty Images)

    Kyle Walker could miss England’s World Cup campaign this winter after undergoing groin surgery this week.

    The 32-year-old suffered the injury in the Manchester derby at the weekend, limping out of Manchester City’s huge 6-3 win at the Etihad on Sunday.

    He missed the comfortable Champions League win over FC Copenhagen on Wednesday night and manager Pep Guardiola suggested the full-back would be out for weeks due to an ‘abdominal’ issue.

    The Telegraph has now confirmed that Walker in fact had groin surgery earlier this week, which leaves him a doubt for the World Cup, with England’s first game in Qatar against Iran on 21 November.

    Walker posted a message on social media which read: ‘As players we have to appreciate injuries are part and parcel of the game we love.

    ‘My operation on Tuesday was a success and now I can concentrate on my rehab and getting back to full fitness. I will be supporting my team mates every day in any way I can.’

    Preliminary squads are announced on 21 October, with a final 23-26 player squad announced on 14 November, which puts Walker against the clock to recover.

    After City’s 5-0 romp over Copenhagen on Wednesday, Guardiola said: ‘It’s something abdominal and he will be a while out. I don’t know (how long). I cannot say anything else.

    ‘Kyle will be out for a bit. We have to speak to the doctors. Hopefully he can get (back for the World Cup) like Kalvin (Phillips).

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    Kyle Walker was subbed off during the first half of the Manchester derby on Sunday (Picture: Getty Images)

    ‘I know how important the World Cup is for the players but honestly I don’t know right now.’

    He added: ‘It will be for a while. I don’t know exactly but weeks. Maybe the club will make a statement in the next days.’

    Manchester City are not flush with options at full-back, with youngster Sergio Gomez playing at left-back and Joao Cancelo on the right against Copenhagen.

    The 22-year-old Spaniard may be set for more chances in the first team after Walker’s injury after his move from Anderlecht over the summer.

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