Kyle Walker is “confident” of winning his race to be fit for the World Championship after undergoing surgery.
The Manchester City right-back underwent groin surgery last week after being substituted off in the first half of their 6-3 derby win over Manchester United on October 2.
The World Cup in Qatar starts on November 20 and when asked if he was confident or hopeful, the England international told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I’m confident. I am confident.
“I’ve been through enough in my career now to know my body and how I feel and I just feel like I can do it. But it’s the human body and I had it cut open, so I have to be patient with that too.
“There will be some bumps in the road. But hopefully the selection will come, I’ll be there.”
The 32-year-old said he’s feeling “better than expected and progressing well”, adding: “It’s frustrating – I think anyone who’s kicked a ball and played the game will say it’s the worst.” is to hurt yourself.
“But it has challenged me a little bit and it’s a challenge I enjoy and I’m well above what they thought I could do now, at 10 days.
“So I’m just ready to hit the gym, get my strength up and hit the court.”
Walker, who had a call from England boss Gareth Southgate the day after the operation, said he had been urging the operation to be carried out as soon as possible.
He said: “It was a bit manic when we went downstairs on Monday and I said to the surgeon, ‘Please mate, you have to do it because obviously I’ve got a world cup to do’. He wanted to do it on Thursday.
“He literally took his bag and said, ‘I’ll meet you there in an hour,’ and he went and jumped on the subway, I got in the car, and that was it — I was under the knife and had surgery. But it was necessary.”
Walker’s fellow English right-backs Reece James and Trent Alexander-Arnold are also currently injured.
Chelsea boss Graham Potter said on Friday that James, who has a knee problem, will see a specialist over the weekend to assess the severity of the injury.
Walker said of the 22-year-old: “He’s amazing – just his personality and how he acts around the house.
“Me and he probably have a special bond. He was one of the few players who texted me from the England squad to ask how things were going, if I was okay, and little things like that mean a lot.
“For me, the sky is the limit for him. I think we’ve seen that from what he’s achieved so far in his career and he’s still young.
“I hope it’s not too serious, I hope we don’t talk about surgeries and stuff like that. But he has the mentality to come back when he can or when he needs to do rehab and just make it stronger who knows I’m not a physio.
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