Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph will be sidelined for two months after dislocating his shoulder in a training incident, and has been told he needs surgery to repair the damage caused when he fell awkwardly during a training session on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old will miss England’s next UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia, a friendly in Scotland and nine Villa games, and the injury is unfortunately untimely as the central midfielder has been in excellent form for both club and country during the first few months of the season.
“Nobody was near him when he did it,” said Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert.
“He fell on his shoulder and we need to get it checked out.”
The news of Delph being sidelined in another problem for Lambert who is facing the potential loss of captain Ron Vlaar in January with Manchester United considering a bid for the centre-back.
The Netherlands international who starred in defence during the FIFA World Cup this summer is currently in the last year of his contract with the Birmingham club and Lambert says Villa are “doing everything” to keep him in talks which could double his £25,000 a week wages.
Delph has also yet to sign a new deal, and Lambert said: “There will come a stage where I might go to (chairman Randy Lerner) and say, “That’s what they are looking for” and negotiate from there.”