June 25, 2024

With an injury ending the horror for West Ham, Kalvin Phillips will return to Man City.

 

 

A calf injury terminated Kalvin Phillips’ season, and he played the last game of his dismal loan stay at West Ham.

The issue kept Phillips out of the team’s 5-0 loss to Chelsea last weekend, and he hasn’t recovered in time for Saturday’s season-ending home match against Luton, which will also mark David Moyes’s final appearance at the London Stadium.

Phillips is likely to return to the Etihad at the beginning of next week to continue his recovery, ahead of a summer in which his future is uncertain. Even if he were to return to fitness, he would not be allowed to play against parent club Manchester City on the final day of the next weekend.

Although both teams were initially willing to include a buyout option as part of the loan move, the parameters of the agreement could not be reached.

This implies that the midfield player, who joined West Ham in January, will be leaving after only three starts in all competitions.

In an attempt to secure a spot in the England team for the European Championship this summer, the 28-year-old relocated to the London Stadium in the middle of the season.

But amid a rough four months in east London, the former Leeds player has played himself out of Gareth Southgate’s plans.

 

DISASTROUS LOAN: KALVIN PHILLIPS ENDURED A COSTLY HALF-A-SEASON TO FORGET AT WEST HAM
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Phillips made costly errors leading to goals on both his debut against Bournemouth and the subsequent defeat to Manchester United in February, before being sent off in the loss at Nottingham Forest later the same month.

In March, he came off the bench with the Hammers 3-1 up away at Newcastle, only to concede the penalty that inspired a dramatic late comeback for the hosts to win 4-3 in a result that dealt a major blow to West Ham’s European hopes.

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