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Pep Guardiola says Kalvin Phillips has no choice but to have surgery for his shoulder problem – but believes his midfielder can be ready for the World Cup.

The £45million midfielder was not in the 20-man squad for the 3-0 win over Wolves on Saturday.

And his club boss has confirmed there is no way the former Leeds man will meet the England side this week.

The latest setback will be a blow to Gareth Southgate as one of his key men has hardly played football this season.

Guardiola revealed the shoulder had come out “three or four times” and going under the knife now seems the only option.

The City boss said: “It’s still a shoulder problem and maybe he needs surgery in the next few days.

“He won’t go with England this time, no way.

“I’m not a doctor but in a good way he can be at the World Cup, of course.

“The doctor says the only solution at the moment is to do what we have to do.

“Every time he comes out because of this and the doctors say if it’s three or four times the only solution is to have surgery.”

Brighton have confirmed the appointment of Roberto De Zerbi as their new head coach.

The 43-year-old Italian replaces Graham Potter after moving to Chelsea nine days ago.

The Italian has signed a four-year contract and Brighton chairman Tony Bloom is delighted with his arrival.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted that Roberto has agreed to become our new head coach.

“Roberto’s teams play exciting and courageous football, and I’m confident that his style and tactical approach will suit our existing team perfectly.”

Leicester are backed to make a move for Mauricio Pochettino or Rafael Benitez if they sack Brendan Rodgers.

The Foxes boss is under pressure after losing 6-2 to Tottenham with Leicester bottom of the Premier League.

Rodgers took responsibility for his side’s crisis, which saw them take just one point in seven games and concede 22 goals.

With Leicester already in danger of relegation, former Burnley manager Sean Dyche has emerged as the bookmakers’ favorite to take over.


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