England star Kalvin Phillips has explained the scary moment he thought he may have ended his Manchester City midfielder has played just 54 minutes of football this season following shoulder surgery.
To take Phillips from Leeds, City spent a staggering PS42million. He injured his shoulder in a friendly against Barcelona last August. After appearing on the bench for two Champions League matches, the 26-year old was forced to undergo surgery when the problem got worse.
Phillips was forced to sit on the sidelines for nearly two months after his World Cup spot was threatened. Phillips was on the bench for City’s 2-0 Carabao Cup win over Chelsea earlier in the month, but then began to lose weight before his Premier League match with Brentford last Saturday.
Phillips stated, “It’s an interesting story to be honest.” “Before the match against Brentford, I went to the gym to do lots of Achilles work on my leg press. I pulled a weight from the rack, and it must have been attached to it. It landed on my foot and left me with some cuts.
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Pep Guardiola is a great example of what you should do when you hear it. Although it meant that I would miss a lot more game time, my long-term goal was to get well. Although I was eager to participate in the World Cup, I also wanted to make sure that I was ready to return to City as a new player if it did not happen.
Phillips said: “I haven’t had enough playing-time – but, I’ve been training at City alongside the best players from the world and I’ve been working really hard. Gareth called me to inform me that I was part of the squad. I wasn’t going to express too much emotion as there were other players who would get bad news. “Thanks for believing in my abilities, Gareth.”