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England: Guardiola offers positive update on Walker ahead of World Cup

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The Man City defender could return in time for England’s World Cup campaign.

Pep Guardiola is optimistic about Kyle Walker’s chances of playing in the World Cup.

Walker hasn’t made an appearance for Manchester City since their 6-3 win over Manchester United earlier this month. 

The defender went under the knife shortly after, casting serious doubts over his World Cup chances. 

With Chelsea’s Reece James also being out with an injury, Walker’s absence could cause serious concerns for England’s backline ahead of the Qatar tournament. 

However, Guardiola confirms the Three Lions will most likely have the key defender back in their squad before the games.

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Speaking in a press conference before his side’s upcoming match against Brighton, the Spaniard said: “I haven’t spoken to the doctors about Kyle. 

“Hopefully it can happen, if he’s selected, that he can go to the World Cup.

“John has trained for the last two days with us, tomorrow, he’s on the list. Kalvin is incredible, he’s much better as well. They are recovering very well.”

City suffered their first defeat of the season against Liverpool last weekend. Having slipped four points behind Arsenal at the top of the table, the Premier League champions hope to bounce back by beating the out-of-form Seagulls on home soil.