“I think we should just bite the bullet and think of others”: Manchester City defender Kyle Walker is ready to play the Premier League waiting game to resume amid the corona virus
- Kyle Walker misses the routine because top-level football has been suspended
- His last appearance was in the Carabao Cup final of Manchester City on March 1
- Government-imposed lockdown has also prevented teams from participating in training
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Kyle Walker has a hard time closing the coronavirus, but Manchester City’s right back knows it’s time to “ bite the bullet ” and think about others.
Top football around the world is currently suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to escalate.
It has been 24 days since reigning Premier League champion City last entered the field, with the suspension of matches made worse by a government-imposed block that has prevented training.
Kyle Walker’s last appearance came in the Carabao Cup final win against Aston Villa on March 1
Instead, footballers across the country work in isolation – something that Walker, whose last appearance in the Carabao Cup final win against Aston Villa on March 1, might find it difficult, but know that it is much bigger than football.
“It has been difficult, but first of all we need to think about the health of others and the protection of the elderly and relatives who can spread it,” said the England international.
‘As a footballer who is used to a daily routine and structure in your life, it is difficult.
“I think it’s something we should bite the bullet and think of others instead of yourself.”
Walker misses the routine because top football is currently suspended due to the pandemic
Walker has three boys to walk around with, but misses the banter in the dressing room, even though the technology is causing steady laughter.
“We jumped on HouseParty a few times and started the banter,” he said. “You have the group chat that’s always busy with some kind of madness.
‘I think it’s mainly about keeping the brain active. Obviously, you keep yourself active where we, as footballers, are provided with the fitness equipment Manchester City has given us and the bike and programs we’ve run to make sure we’re okay when we start the season, fingers crossed, again. “
An omission from those conversations is manager Pep Guardiola, who may not appreciate some of the flying content.
But Walker has been in touch with the city manager, who has donated a million euros (£ 918,000) to the fight against Covid-19 in Spain.
“Of course Pep isn’t in the group chat!” the fullback said.
Man City boss Pep Guardiola has donated € 1 million to help fight the corona virus in Barcelona
“I texted him last night hoping you’re doing well, and I hope the family is healthy and fair because they donated the amount you donated. That says a lot about him as a person.
“Set football aside, it comes from his heart and it is something that should definitely be recognized.”
Guardiola urged fans to stay safe by staying home as the club launched their ‘Cityzens At Home’ website on Monday and Walker echoed those sentiments.
“Clearly, follow the guidelines,” he added. “It is important that we all do our part here. Even if you are not bothered or show any symptoms, don’t take it for granted.
“Stay indoors, keep washing your hands, keep following protocols, and just protect the NHS.
‘Football has to take a step back for the time being, because that is the most important thing in the football world that everyone thinks about. The health of family members and relatives of others is the most important.
“But I hope, and I’m sure everyone else hopes, that football will come back and we can finish the season, but if it’s not a possibility, everyone will understand that people’s health is more important than a game of sport. ‘