Robinson 'worried' about Kalvin Philips after journalist's 'huge' Man City update
Paul Robinson is “worried” about Man City midfielder Kalvin Phillips after another injury setback.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and England goalkeeper said it “would be a huge blow” if the 26-year-old is ruled out for the World Cup.
On Sunday (18 September), The Athletic‘s Sam Lee revealed Phillips is set to undergo an operation on a shoulder injury that has plagued him this year.
The centre-midfielder has just two months to recover in time for England’s World Cup opener against Iran (21 November).
Robinson is adamant Phillips will travel to the tournament if he recovers in time.
“Listen, if he is fit he is in the squad,” he told Football Insider. “He has to get himself right though.
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“It is a worry because it is a recurrence of an injury that he had a while ago. You would have hoped that he had got it sorted out by now. It is a niggly little injury that has kept him out of the side this year.
“He has played nowhere near as much football as he would have liked this season.
“To miss the World Cup would be a huge blow for him personally and for England. Gareth Southgate likes to play with two holding midfielders and there is not a lot of options in that respect.
“If Phillips is fit he will be in the squad. It will be a big ask though. The World Cup is not far away.”