Fabian Delph may miss seven City matches with hamstring injury

Fernando close to recovering from groin problem

 Fabian Delph: has yet to start a game for Manchester City since joining from Aston Villa this summer

Fabian Delph: has yet to start a game for Manchester City since joining from Aston Villa this summer

 

Fabian Delph could miss up to seven games for Manchester City and the final two Euro 2016 qualifiers as fears grow he will be ruled out for at least three weeks with a hamstring injury the midfielder suffered in England’s victory over Switzerland on Tuesday evening.

Delph has yet to start a game for City since joining from Aston Villa in the summer because of a hamstring injury suffered on the club’s summer tour.

He has made two substitute appearances for Manuel Pellegrini’s side but the problem that occurred inside a minute of England’s 2-0 win at Wembley means Delph could be ruled out of Champions League matches with Juventus and Borussia Mönchengladbach, a Capital One Cup tie against Sunderland, and the Premier League fixtures with Crystal Palace, West Ham, Tottenham and Newcastle United.

Delph’s availability for England’s games against Estonia and Lithuania, on October 9th and October 12th, is also in doubt.

Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho will be available for Saturday’s trip to Palace after being involved in games in the US for Argentina and Brazil respectively that were played in the early hours of yesterday morning UK time.

They are due to return to training with City today, and Pellegrini can consider them for selection for a fixture City lost 2-1 last season.

Fernando, who is yet to feature this term due to a groin problem, is close to recovering.

“I’m feeling much better and in a couple of days I will be stepping up my training programme,” the midfielder told mcfc.co.uk

Much worse

“I hoped I would return after the summer break and everything would be fine, but during pre-season the pain became gradually worse again.

“I went back to Porto for treatment, rest and to recover and now I’m feeling much better.

“ I will resume normal training this week and hopefully be available at some point within the next fortnight.

“ I can’t wait to get my season finally up and running and being pain free at last will be a huge relief.” Guardian Service

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