Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker declares himself fit for England’s second World Cup 2022 Group B clash with the USA after overcoming a groin injury.
England and Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker has affirmed that he is fit and ready to go for Friday’s World Cup 2022 Group B clash with the USA at the Al Bayt Stadium.
The 32-year-old’s game time this season has been severely limited due to a groin injury and subsequent surgery, making just seven Premier League appearances for the champions.
Walker sustained the problem against Manchester United on October 2 and did not feature in any of Man City’s final six Premier League matches before the World Cup break.
However, Walker was spotted in training with the group prior to Monday’s 6-2 win over Iran in their opening match, where he was given the green light to make the bench.
The 70-cap international did not earn any minutes in that game as Kieran Trippier got the nod at right-back, but he now feels capable of starting for his country after stepping up his recovery.
When asked by reporters if he feels ready to return on Friday, Walker said: “Yes. Does the manager agree? I don’t know. Listen, I’m fit, I’ve been training now for two weeks and I feel sharp,” as quoted by the Evening Standard.
“Can you replicate what you do on a match day? Of course I can’t. Me and the physio, me and the fitness coach cannot have an 11 v 11 against each other. We can do as much as we can do before I have to go into training and kick a ball with the lads.
“So I feel good. Obviously the manager has a tough decision to make in picking 11 players from 26. I had the operation, it was needed, I probably played three weeks longer than I should have done.
“The Manchester United game was the final straw when it popped. It was a rupture on my groin, I got four hooks on my groin, and I did three repairs, but it was going fantastically well, I am really happy, everyone seems to be happy with it.”