Kyle Walker confident of fitness ahead of 2022 World Cup

(Football news) Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has successfully undergone a groin surgery and is “confident” of being fit enough to play for England at the World Cup. The 32 year old sustained an injury in City’s 6-3 win over Manchester United and is now undergoing rehabilitation, hoping to recover in time for England’s match against Iran on November 21st. Walker has 70 caps for the Three Lions so far and will face a race against time to be fit in six weeks.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live's Friday Football Social, Walker said “My first thought now is getting back for England”. When asked about being ready for the World Cup he said “I'm confident. I've been through enough in my career to know my body. I'm well above what they thought I'd be able to do at this point. I just feel I can do this. I am going to have to be patient with it. There will be bumps in the road but hopefully, come the selection, I'm included." 

Walker was named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup in November and the right back scheduled his surgery just a day after his injury to increase his chances of making it to Qatar. Walker said “It was a little bit manic. I went down on Monday and I said to the surgeon: 'Please mate, you're going to have to do it, I have a World Cup'. He wanted to do it on Thursday but he said I'll meet you there in an hour. He jumped on the tube, I got in the car and that was it, I was under the knife having surgery." 

Also read: Will England feel Kyle Walker's absence if he misses the World Cup?


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