Pep Guardiola criticizes Man City and England star for returning from the World Cup ‘overweight’
Phillips was shockingly not in City’s matchday squad for Thursday night’s win over Liverpool in the Carabao Cup.
While none of the Three Lions’ Qatar squad were in the Citizens’ start XI, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Jack Grealish and Phil Foden were completely named as substitutes, with the last three falling off the seat in the 3-2 win.
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Phillips has overseen only 53 minutes for Guardiola’s side since moving from Leeds to the Etihad in the summer, because of a terrible shoulder injury.
He likewise played only 40 minutes for Englnd at the World Cup, as Gareth Southgate’s men crashed out at the quarter-last stage to France.
One sensibly accepted that his nonattendance against Liverpool was by and by injury related, considering how the protective midfielder has battled for wellness previously, yet Guardiola has since affirmed that this was not the situation.
While he at first guaranteed the 27-year-old was simply unsuitable, in his pre-match question and answer session on Friday, Guardiola explained: ‘He isn’t harmed, he showed up overweight.
‘I don’t know [why he is overweight]. He didn’t arrive in the conditions to [take part] in training sessions and to play.
Guardiola added that he would address the matter with Phillips in a ‘private conversation.’
It leaves questions over whether the player will feature against his former club, when City travel to Elland Road on December 28th.
The Citizens are looking to close the gap to Arsenal in the Premier League title race, which may well extend to eight points if the Gunners beat West Ham on Boxing Day.