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England and Man City defender Kyle Walker has surgery for his groin injury

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BREAKING NEWS: Kyle Walker has surgery on his groin injury, leaving England’s first-choice defender a major doubt for the World Cup in a nightmare for Gareth Southgate

  • Kyle Walker faces a race against time to prove his World Cup eligibility
  • Manchester City right back underwent surgery this week for a groin injury
  • He ran away in Sunday’s 6-3 win over Manchester United at the Etihad
  • Walker, 32, missed Wednesday night’s 5-0 win over FC Copenhagen
  • His absence gives Gareth Southgate a headache as he rounds up his team

Kyle Walker is in big doubt for the World Cup after having groin surgery this week.

The Manchester City star missed the Champions League win over Copenhagen on Wednesday night and after the game Pep Guardiola said: ‘He will be out for a while’

‘I don’t know [how long]. I can’t say anything else. We need to speak to the doctors. Hopefully he can come back like Kalvin [Phillips].

Kyle Walker is in doubt for England’s World Cup campaign after undergoing surgery for a groin problem after leaving the field during Manchester City’s win over Man United on Sunday

Walker has excelled and has been an integral part of Southgate's side in recent years

Walker has excelled and has been an integral part of Southgate’s side in recent years

“I know how important the World Cup is for the players, but to be honest I don’t know at the moment.”

The news will be a major concern for England boss Gareth Southgate, given the huge importance of Walker to his plans.

Privately, there remains hope that the right-back can prove his fitness for the World Cup.

The injury of the Man City defender gives Gareth Southgate another selection headache

The injury of the Man City defender gives Gareth Southgate another selection headache

Still, Walker’s recovery from surgery casts serious doubt on his involvement in the tournament.

No definitive timetable has been set for his return, but it is clear that Walker is now in a race against time to make England’s World Cup squad.

The Three Lions will begin their campaign against Iran on Nov. 21, with Southgate being required to submit his squad of 23 to 26 players by Nov. 13.

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