Friday 19 January 2018

Fabian Delph aims to return before end of month

Fabian Delph has made only one start for Manchester City this season
Fabian Delph has made only one start for Manchester City this season

Fabian Delph is hoping to be available for Manchester City by the end of November.

The England midfielder has been dogged by injury problems since joining City from Aston Villa last summer.

The latest issue for Delph was a groin problem that required surgery but he is happy with his recovery and eager to return to the squad.

The 26-year-old told the City website: "It has been a frustrating time for me. Since I've been here I haven't really been able to get going from an injury point of view.

"I had an operation a month ago and I'm probably a fortnight away from being fit so I'm excited about getting back in training and being among the lads again.

"The tendons in my groin were pulling against the bone and it's an issue I've had for about eight months and it's been hampering me quite a bit and it got to a stage where it was better to resolve it rather than play on.

"We tried rehab but it ended with an operation that involves cutting the tendons away and that seems to have solved the problem.

"I'm doing fantastic and I'm way ahead of schedule and ready to kick on and get my season really up and running."

Delph has made just eight Premier League starts in his City career, while his only appearance in the starting line-up under Pep Guardiola so far came in the Champions League qualifier against Steaua Bucharest.

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