Aston Villa midfielder Delph set for two months out

Aston Villa have suffered a major setback as central midfielder Fabian Delph has been ruled out for two months after dislocating his shoulder in training, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

A scan has revealed that the injury will require an operation, meaning that he could be out of action until the festive period, missing several key Premier League games as well as England’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia in November. It was initially feared that his absence could be as long as three months, only for Villa to backtrack on that prediction.

The 24-year-old has broken into the England side this season after impressing consistently in claret and blue, earning his first three caps in recent weeks. He has suffered from a number of injuries since moving to Villa in 2009, however, and he has only established himself as a regular in the past two seasons.

Delph has played every minute of Villa’s seven Premier League matches this season, but that run will come to an end as they take on Everton on Saturday, although Christian Benteke is closer to full fitness and could start.

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