KALVIN PHILLIPS “is not match” to face his old club Leeds United, in accordance to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
The midfielder moved to the Etihad from his boyhood staff final summer time in a £45million transfer.
However he has endured a torrid time on the Etihad after being sidelined for 2 months following shoulder surgical procedure.
The 27-year-old has solely made 4 appearances for City both aspect of his harm lay-off – none of which have been begins.
Regardless of that, he was nonetheless chosen to be a part of Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad after he performed the entire Three Lions’ matches at Euro 2020 final 12 months.
Nonetheless, he was used far more sparingly in Qatar and was restricted to solely two outings from the bench on the event.
Though his match motion was transient, Phillips can have been determined to hit the bottom working on his return to the City and power his method into Guardiola’s line-up.
And little question the journey to his old stomping floor Elland Highway on Boxing Day can have been a fixture he can have been relishing.
Now Guardiola has solid doubt on that taking place after leaving him out of City’s 3-2 victory over Liverpool within the Carabao Cup.
After final night time’s thriller, the Cityzens chief defined why he had opted to go away the ace out of his squad utterly.
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And he revealed that Phillips was not match when returned again to the club from World Cup responsibility.
Guardiola stated: “Kalvin Phillips is not match.
“He didn’t arrive in one of the best situation to practice and play.”
It now stays to be seen when he will probably be prepared for motion with City subsequent in motion after the Leeds sport on New 12 months’s Eve at house to Everton.