Manchester City defender Kyle Walker is in danger of missing the World Cup with England after suffering an injury in the Premier League thrashing of Manchester United at the weekend.
The 32-year-old was subbed off 41 minutes into the Manchester derby on Sunday with an abdominal problem. The issue ruled him out of his side’s Champions League win over Copenhagen and manager Pep Guardiola has now revealed that the full-back won’t be fit again anytime soon.
With the start of the World Cup just over a month away, it’s unclear if he’ll have recovered in time to play a part in it for England.
“It’s something abdominal and he will be a while out,” Guardiola said. “I don’t know [how long]. I cannot say anything else. We have to speak to the doctors. Hopefully, he can get back like Kalvin [Phillips].
“I know how important the World Cup is for the players but honestly I don’t know right now.”
Walker’s absence would be a big blow for Gareth Southgate, who has regularly used him on the right side of a back three in his time as manager as well as a full-back at times.
At 32 years of age, this could well be the player’s last chance to represent his nation at a major tournament, and perhaps almost certainly be his last chance to do so at a World Cup.
In the meantime, Guardiola may well have to reshuffle his Manchester City backline in the coming weeks, moving Joao Cancelo over to the right and bringing Sergio Gomez in.
Marcus Rashford pays tribute to late friend with goal celebration
Marcus Rashford has revealed that his celebration following his first goal against Wales was a tribute to a friend who’d recently passed away.
The Man Utd man was in electric form for the Three Lions on Tuesday evening, scoring a brace and catapulting himself to the top of the tournament goalscoring charts in the process. In scoring his second and third goal in Qatar, Rahsford became the first Man Utd player to score three goals at a World Cup for England since Sir Bobby Charlton achieved the feat way back in 1966.
Speaking after the game to the press, Rashford revealed that he pointed to the sky following his first goal in order to pay tribute to his friend who passed away following a long battle with cancer:
“I lost one of my friends a couple of days ago. He had quite a long battle with cancer. I’m pleased I scored for him, he was a big supporter and good friend of mine. He was someone who came into my life.”
Rashford also gave an assessment of the game itself and his overall performance stating: “I fancied a free-kick in the first half, but the one in the second half was in a better position. From there it’s about being calm and executing what you do in training. They don’t go in often but I was glad it did today.
“It’s a great feeling. We were a bit disappointed after the USA game, and the only way to bounce back is to have a good performance in your next game; I thought we did it. It was just about taking the chances when they came.”
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Tottenham ask Inter about availability of key player
Tottenham Hotspur have made enquiries to Inter over right wing-back Denzel Dumfries, 90min understands.
Spurs are on the hunt for reinforcements at wing-back, with 90min previously reporting that one of Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty could be sold in January, while a loan move for Djed Spence looks likely.
On their list of targets is Dumfries, who is currently at the World Cup with the Netherlands. Inter need to sell one star player by the end of the season to help ease their financial woes.
It was previously thought that Milan Skriniar would be the man to make way, but he will either sign a new contract or leave for free when his current deal expires at the end of the season.
Instead, Inter will look to sell Dumfries in January and loan him back for the rest of the season, though Spurs would push to take him off their hands straight away.
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In addition to Tottenham, Chelsea are also interested in the Dutchman, and this could drive Dumfries’ price up.
Dumfries signed for Inter in 2021 as a replacement for the outgoing Achraf Hakimi, whose sale partly contributed to the exit of current Spurs head coach Antonio Conte.
He scored five goals from wing-back in his debut season at San Siro and has found the net twice more this term.
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