Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Kalvin Phillips missed the 3-2 win over Liverpool on Thursday due to fitness issues.
The 27-year-old had spent a lengthy period on the sidelines with a shoulder injury earlier this season but it was believed that his problems were now behind him after being included in England’s squad for the World Cup. However, Guardiola has hinted that he has suffered another setback:
“Kalvin Phillips is not fit. He did not arrive in the best condition to train and play.”
Fans on Twitter are not best pleased with Phillips’ situation and many believe that the club have an injury-prone player on their hands:
Jack Rodwell in disguise?
— SkyBlues Brasil (@SkyBluesBrasil) December 23, 2022
40mil down the drain.
— blue.moon.warrior (@panckaesoverabs) December 23, 2022
Sell this guy Abeg
— BIG 90’s ⚡️ (@Mikky90s) December 23, 2022
Bring lavia back and send him back to leeds
— Richie (@Mysterio__01) December 23, 2022
Why have we even bought him man..
— Lucosaurrr 🤟🏽 (@xlucosaurrr) December 23, 2022
How can we spend over 40million on a player that can’t keep fit
— P.M.E (@leonardkc) December 23, 2022
Phillips starting to look like a massive waste. Small club player.
— Mcauleyy10 (@Mcauleyy10) December 23, 2022
Waste of money. Man is legit made of paper
— Josh (@Dias_SZN) December 23, 2022
It should be pointed out that Phillips had recurring hamstring problems last season, which limited him to just 23 appearances, so it is not as though City were unaware of his recent injury record.
Even so, nobody would have predicted that he would have only played four games by Christmas, and he could potentially miss a reunion against Leeds on Wednesday, as well as the games coming up versus Everton and Chelsea.