Kalvin Phillips will miss England’s Nations League games against Italy and Germany
after suffering a reoccurrence of a shoulder problem, an injury that leaves the
Manchester City midfielder racing to be fit for the World Cup in November.
The Manchester City midfielder was ruled out of his team’s 3-0 victory over Wolves
restricted him to only three substitute appearances, for a combined 13 minutes,
since his £42 million move from Leeds United over the summer.
He suffered shoulder problems earlier in his career and aggravated the injury in a
recent friendly against Barcelona, before recovering to play in the final minutes of
City’s Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund in midweek.
City will be worried that he might need surgery, as will England manager Gareth
Southgate with the World Cup just two months away. England’s final two games
before the tournament come in the Nations League, starting with an away match in
Italy on Friday, before a Wembley visit from Germany a week tomorrow.
Phillips won England’s player-of-the-year award in 2020-21 and his partnership with
Declan Rice is expected to be Southgate’s first choice in Qatar. He established himself
as a key player during the Euros last year and was a mainstay of the starting line-up
as England reached the final.
He suffered a hamstring injury that ruled him out of a significant part of last season
but was back for the final part of Leeds’ survival in the Premier League.
He was signed by City to compete for a place in central midfield with Rodri.
Phillips’ team-mate for City and England, Jack Grealish, starred against Wolves and
scored the opening goal in the first minute before he was fouled by Nathan Collins,
which led to a red card for the defender.
“Jack scored a goal and it was a good performance,” said Guardiola. “Every time he
has the ball, it’s one against one against the full-back all the time. OK, he didn’t score
or assist in other games but it’s a question of time. I am happy for him, for the
victory, for his incredible personality to play. That’s why I am happy for the goal he