Kyle Walker ‘WILL be included in England’s preliminary World Cup squad and will likely go to Qatar even if he misses the opening game against Iran’ – with Gareth Southgate ready to bet on the injured Man City defender as he did Harry Maguire at Euro 2020
- Kyle Walker suffered a groin injury in Man City’s recent 6-3 win over Man United
- The 32-year-old then underwent surgery for the problem earlier this month
- It has cast doubt on his chances of playing at the World Cup later this year
- But reports suggest Gareth Southgate is ready to bet on Walker’s fitness
- He will be included in England’s preliminary squad despite being currently out
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England boss Gareth Southgate is ready to bet on Kyle Walker’s condition during the World Cup, despite the Manchester City defender recently undergoing surgery.
Walker suffered a groin injury in City’s 6-3 win over neighbors Manchester United earlier this month, casting doubt on his chances of playing in Qatar.
But according to The sunSouthgate will still include him in their preliminary roster for the tournament, which starts for them on November 21 against Iran.
England boss Gareth Southgate is ready to bet on Kyle Walker’s condition (pictured)
Walker underwent surgery after sustaining a groin injury in Man City’s 6-3 win over Man United
And even if he fails to recover in time for their opening game, Walker is likely to head to Qatar when he is close to being fit by the time the final 26-man roster is named on November 10.
The 32-year-old will accelerate his recovery from surgery at City next week, although he is not expected to play before the World Cup break.
Pep Guardiola’s side faces Brentford in their final appearance before the break on November 12, which could come too early for Walker.
Nevertheless, Southgate is willing to roll the dice on his fitness, especially given that fellow right-back Reece James is likely to miss the tournament with a knee injury.
But Southgate are still expected to include the City defender in their preliminary squad this week
He took a similar gamble on Euro 2020 with Harry Maguire, who helped them reach the final
Walker also cherishes his chances of recovering in time for this year’s tournament in Qatar
The Three Lions boss took a similar gamble on Euro 2020 with Harry Maguire, who played a pivotal role in their build-up to a first major final since 1966, despite missing Manchester United’s Europa League final defeat to Villarreal the month before. before with an ankle injury.
Walker, too, is confident he will recover in time to reach Qatar, telling BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘My first thought now is to return to England.
‘I am sure. I’ve been through enough in my career to know my body. I am way beyond what they thought I could do right now.
“I just feel I can do this. I’ll have to be patient with it. There will be bumps in the road, but hopefully, when the selection comes, I’ll be included.”
Should he miss the Iran clash as expected, Newcastle’s Kieran Trippier could have the chance to become a right-back in the English curtain, while Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold is also in the running.
Alexander-Arnold’s Reds team-mate Joe Gomez is also able to operate in the position should Southgate need reinforcements.
After taking on Iran, England faces the US four days later before a squatting clash with neighboring Wales on November 29.