Guardiola: Walker and Phillips are close to participating in the World Cup with England

LONDON: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday England internationals Kyle Walker and Calvin Phillips could recover from injury in view of the World Cup in Qatar later this month. Walker underwent hip surgery in early October, while Phillips was absent with a shoulder problem. The pair are racing against time to regain fitness before England begin their World Cup campaign against Iran in Group B on 21 November. England, who will also face Wales and the United States in their group, have reached the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. “It is likely that they will be involved due to the speed at which they are recovering,” Guardiola told reporters. “I don’t know what Gareth (Southgate) means. He regularly talks to players and doctors. They know the conditions of the players better than me. What I hear in the locker room is that they can be ready. “Asked how much Walker and Phillips wanted to return, Guardiola replied:” They want it very much. You don’t play at the World Cup every week. ”Guardiola said Phillips is participating in training in he starts with the team, but avoids physical contact with his colleagues in work out. On the possibility of Phillips participating with City before the start of the World Cup, the Spanish coach said: “We will see the development of him. I know the importance of the World Cup, but I don’t use a player who I don’t think is not ready. “I’m amazed at how fast Kyle is recovering, but he’s still a little bit in Lagging behind Calvin, “he added. English Premier League title holder City will host rival Sevilla in their final Champions League group stage match on Wednesday, after securing qualification for the round of 16 after being in lead in Group G. Guardiola said he will likely alternate squad players, but that the team will miss injured striker Erling Haaland, who missed the 1-0 championship win in Leicester City over the weekend. “(Haaland) feels better … not 100 percent, so we’re not going to take any risks,” Guardiola said. We hope he will be with us against Fulham (Saturday). ” (Reuters)