Soccer. After his injury, Kyle Walker engaged in a race to compete in the World Cup

England defender Kyle Walker is in a race against time to be ready for the World Cup after undergoing groin surgery earlier this week, announced Thursday by his club, Manchester City. The 32-year-old picked up the injury in the first half of City’s 6-3 win over Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium last Sunday.

“My operation was a success”

No timeframe has been set for his return but the United club believe he still has a chance to feature at the World Cup in Qatar, which starts for England against Iran on November 21 in Group B . “The operation was successful and a more detailed prognosis will be provided in due course”said Manchester City in a press release.

Walker tweeted a photo of himself in his hospital bed. “As players we have to understand that injuries are an integral part of the game we love”he wrote in his message. « My operation on Tuesday was a success and I can now focus on my rehabilitation and get back to my best. »positive the former Tottenham player.

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Walker, who has 70 caps for England, is a key part of Gareth Southgate’s selection due to his versatility: he can play as a right-back in a four-man defense or as a centre-back in a three-man defense .

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