Insider hits back as Man City 'amazed' by 'miraculous' Kyle Walker development
Kyle Walker’s injury recovery at Man City is not “miraculous” but is merely going to schedule.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, speaking exclusively to Football Insider.
Walker has not featured for Man City since he was forced off with a groin injury during their 6-3 win over Man United last month (2 October).
The 32-year-old had to undergo surgery on the issue but Gareth Southgate still included him in his 26-man squad for the World Cup in Qatar he named on Thursday (10 November).
The Daily Mail reported on Tuesday (8 November) that the right-back’s “miraculous” recovery had “amazed” Man City medics.
“Miraculous is maybe a little bit of a stretch,” Dinnery told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“At no point during his recovery has Kyle Walker been ruled out of the World Cup.
“In relation to where he is at in terms of that recovery, I’d suggest he is bang on schedule and we are where he needs to be.
“It would suggest that the recovery process has gone really really well and there have been minimal setbacks and reactions.
“He wasn’t in contention for the Carabao Cup unlike Kalvin Phillips so it would be a major push for him to feature this weekend.
“The World Cup was always on the table. It’s down to Gareth Southgate if he wants to take a player who hasn’t had any competitive football since October.”
Walker has been a regular for England under Southgate and is now set to add to his 70 caps in Qatar.
Of his 70 caps, 50 of them have come under the 52-year-old.