Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker has returned from groin surgery to join England’s first group training session for the 2022 World Cup, according to The Telegraph.
His return is an early boost for the England squad as they bid to win their second world title.
Walker suffered a groin problem with City and had to undergo surgery to deal with it. He has been out for over a month recovering from the surgical procedure.
However, Man City maintained that Walker would be ready for the tournament and their forecast has come to fruition.
Walker joined England’s training session today ahead of their tournament opener against Iran on Monday.
The players underwent a light fitness session in preparation for today’s open training outside their hotel.
They went to the Al Wakrah Sports Club in Doha and underwent several training drills in their first session since arriving in Qatar.
Kalvin Phillips also trained with the squad. The 26-year-old underwent surgery on his shoulder in September, but he has recovered in time for the World Cup.
Despite only three substitute appearances under his belt since his £45 million transfer from Leeds United last summer, Gareth Southgate took Phillips.
The return of Phillips and Walker will make Southgate a happy man because it means his squad has a clean bill of health, considering the recent injuries English players suffered.
England is one of the favourites heading into the tournament. They reached the semi-final of the 2018 edition before reaching the 2020 European Championship final.
However, Southgate has come under criticism recently for some poor recent performances. The World Cup is the perfect avenue for him to set things right.
They must first negotiate Group B, where they will face Iran, United States and Wales.
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