Fabian Delph would have been perfect over the past two weeks but has been missing from a bench. MON has said it is unspecified foot injury but this from H&V indicates a season ending injury
Heard from a colleague at work (who is involved behind the scenes at VP on matchadys) that he saw Delph before the Sunderland game and his foot was in plaster.
Was this done in training because this quote back from February now looks like MON has second vision
“Occasionally he has to be reminded that I need the players here!,” joked O’Neill on the subject of his feisty 20-year-old midfielder. “I don’t need him putting four boys in the treatment room to prove that he can tackle, he can save that for match-day.
“He leaves the foot in and he’s competitive, there’s no question about that. He’s not shy of putting a challenge in for someone so slight. So from that score, I wouldn’t have a problem with him.
“It’s one thing to keep that attitude, and another to curb it because you are liable to get booked once or twice.
“More importantly at the this minute, is that he hasn’t actually really learned the art of tackling properly so he often leaves himself open to being injured.
Big blow to Villa that he is out especially at the same time as NRC with also a foot injury, you have to query if training is too hard.