By Ben Dinnery

6th Nov, 2022 | 12:12pm

Medical Insider: Kyle Walker and Man City teammate now out for months after 'big' reveal

It would be a “big push” for Kalvin Phillips and Kyle Walker to feature for Man City before the World Cup.

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.

As quoted by BBC Sport last week (28 October), Pep Guardiola revealed the pair are both optimistic about featuring for England in Qatar.

Walker has been out with a groin injury he picked up during the Manchester derby last month (2 October) while Walker has had shoulder surgery.

“The difficulty that we’ve got is we’re now down to one Premier League game and one Carabao Cup game,” Dinnery told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“If you focus on Kalvin Phillips, we’re talking about a player who has had a very limited amount of game time since he’s arrived from Leeds.

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“Neither of those players are in full training. Phillips is just taking part in non-contact aspects of training.

“To suggest that he’s going to step up his recovery to be fully integrated into first-team training with no niggles within 10 days, it’s a push.

“You never want to categorically rule anyone out but with where Man City are with their squad management then they won’t want to take risks with those players because of England and the World Cup.

“They have a duty of care towards their players. If Pep doesn’t need to use them in those fixtures because he’s got adequate cover, he’s not going to throw them in there so Southgate can say ‘He’s back in contention’.

“To progress from where they are now to full training then first-team contention, I think is a big push.”

In other news, Man City may be set to “spite Liverpool” and sign Jude Bellingham after a source reveal.