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Manuel Pellegrini: England not to blame for Fabian Delph injury woe

Published 11/09/2015 | 22:49

Manchester City's Fabian Delph is sidelined again
Manchester City's Fabian Delph is sidelined again

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has no issues with England over Fabian Delph's latest injury setback.

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Delph suffered fresh hamstring damage within seconds of kick-off of England's midweek win over Switzerland at Wembley.

The Euro 2016 qualifier had been the midfielder's first start of the season after recovering from another injury to the same muscle sustained soon after his £8million summer move from Aston Villa.

The 25-year-old now faces another month to six weeks on the sidelines and Pellegrini has put it down to bad luck rather than throwing any blame England's way.

Pellegrini said: "When the players go to the national squad I trust in their managers and the way they work because they are very good professionals.

"I don't have any doubt it was an unlucky moment for Fabian Delph and not a problem of the warm-up or the way the England squad work."

Delph's City career is yet to get started in earnest. He was forced to miss the opening wins over West Brom and Chelsea and then made only late substitute appearances against Everton and Watford.

Pellegrini said: "Of course it is not the best way to start but I think Fabian Delph must be strong in his mind. He must understand these things can happen.

"But he is a very good professional. He can be back as soon as he can."

City had a frustrating international break as playmaker David Silva also took a blow to the ankle and will miss the Barclays Premier League leaders' trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

But that could create an opening for club record £54million signing Kevin de Bruyne to make his debut.

Pellegrini is convinced De Bruyne, like £49million man Raheem Sterling before him, will soon shrug off the price tag.

He said: "Maybe at the beginning everyone will talk about the price, but it's part of the game of the player and the team to demonstrate why we brought him here.

"Within two or three games Raheem demonstrated why we brought him here. I am sure with Kevin de Bruyne, at the end of the season, no-one will remember how much we paid for him."

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