‘We’re always optimistic’: Gareth Southgate admits he ‘don’t know’ whether Kalvin Phillips will recover from injury to make World Cup roster… as Manchester City midfielder faces a race against time to get fit to be for Qatar
- Gareth Southgate unsure if Kalvin Phillips will return in time for the World Cup
- The 26-year-old midfielder of Manchester City is undergoing surgery for a shoulder injury
- He recovered from a dislocated shoulder in the last game before the European Championship
Gareth Southgate has spoken out about his fears about Kalvin Phillips’ condition ahead of the World Cup.
The Manchester City midfielder withdrew from the current squad with the intention of undergoing shoulder surgery, which will put him in a race against the clock to prove his fitness.
“You only have the quality of performance for us and Leeds and the fact that he has now moved to a big club to see his level.
Gareth Southgate unsure if Kalvin Phillips will recover from World Cup injury
Phillips overcame a similar shoulder injury last summer
“He had a huge impact when he came into the squad and was a big part of the build-up to a European final.
“The honest answer to the injury is that we don’t know. Obviously it’s going to be very tight because healing from that surgery is the first part and the second part is whether he can play football enough once he’s healed to be considered.
“So we’re always optimistic. When there’s a goal and someone is really hungry to achieve it, it’s amazing what the body can do.
“He had a dislocated shoulder in the last game of the season before the European Championship, so that in itself was a remarkable recovery.
“We will just have to wait and see and I know he is disappointed that he missed this camp and is fully focused on his return for his club and hopefully for us.”
The midfielder has yet to break through at Manchester City after a summer move with a lot of money