England receive injury boost as Pep Guardiola hints Calvin Phillips could return this week

England receive huge injury boost as Pep Guardiola hints Calvin Phillips could return to Manchester City this week, while acknowledging Joao Cancelo’s red card ‘could be costly in Europe’ saying ‘You can’t call me the last man’.

  • Pep Guardiola has hinted that Calvin Phillips could return to injury this week
  • The Manchester City coach said his midfielder “felt good” after full contact training
  • Kyle Walker is also not far from Phillips, which is a boost for Gareth Southgate
  • Guardiola also admitted that Joao Cancelo’s red card ‘will be costly in Europe’

Calvin Phillips is set to give England a boost in midweek by returning to Manchester City after shoulder surgery.

The midfielder’s chances of reaching the World Cup looked bleak but he struggled to offer Gareth Southgate’s option.

Phillips is likely to gain a few minutes when City face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup in the FA on Wednesday – his first appearance in nearly two months.

Calvin Phillips (pictured) could return from injury this week against Chelsea

Pep Guardiola (right) said Phillips (left) felt “much better” and appeared to have recovered from his injury.

“Calvin is feeling a lot better,” said Pep Guardiola.

On Friday Calvin trained a full session for the second day, full contact. It feels good.

In the next match against Chelsea he will be on the bench. I don’t know if he will play or not.

City’s teammate Kyle Walker is also winning his own fitness battle ahead of Qatar, although he lags behind Phillips in terms of schedule.

It also appears that Kyle Walker (pictured) is recovering well and not far from Phillips

It also appears that Kyle Walker (pictured) is recovering well and not far from Phillips

Guardiola said Phillips (right) “felt relieved” after several full training sessions

The right-back, who gives Southgate more flexibility in a three-way defence, underwent successful hip surgery last month. The England coach took a trip to the City Football Academy to chat with Guardiola.

I spoke with Gareth 10 or 12 days ago. Guardiola added: “We had a conversation and drank coffee with his assistant. We talked about them. Talk to them and the doctors, and ask about the development of the injuries. I spoke with Cale and he was relieved as well. But the surgery was later than Calvin so I don’t know.

Guardiola said the errors that resulted from the expulsion of Joao Cancelo yesterday could be costly in Europe.

Erling Haaland scored a late goal to give Guardiola's side a 2-1 win over Fulham on Saturday

Erling Haaland scored a late goal to give Guardiola’s side a 2-1 win over Fulham on Saturday

During the match, Joao Cancelo (right) was sent off for a reckless challenge to Harry Wilson

During the match, Joao Cancelo (right) was sent off for a reckless challenge to Harry Wilson

Guardiola criticized the error, telling reporters that Cancelo 'deserved a red card'

Guardiola criticized the error, telling reporters that Cancelo ‘deserved a red card’

“As a last man – whether it’s soft contact or no contact – you can’t make contact,” Guardiola said. “It’s a mistake, he deserved a red card. I tell all the players, not just Joao, that after 85 minutes – late in the game – he made a mistake. But you have 65 minutes left, let them score.

“Okay, we have 65 minutes with 11 against 11. But that was a lot with one player less. Hopefully we can learn. Not only Joao – it happened with Sergio (Gomez) in Copenhagen too. Count on Ederson – he can save him.”

When I review the Champions League matches, I always see that we give them something. Tottenham years ago, Sporting Lisbon give them something. If it’s a knockout match today we’re out.”

But Guardiola still praised his “exceptional” players for dominating the 2-1 win, capping it off with an Erling Haaland penalty that slipped under Bernd Leno in stoppage time on the Norwegian’s comeback from a foot injury.

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