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Fabian Delph out for 2 months with shoulder injury

The Aston Villa midfielder suffered a freak dislocated shoulder injury in training and will undergo surgery.

David Rogers

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph is expected to miss at least two months after a scan on his dislocated shoulder revealed damage that will require surgery. There's also a chance that the English international could miss the rest of the season if the damage is extensive enough.

Delph suffered the injury during a fall in training when he landed awkwardly on his shoulder.

Head coach Paul Lambert told the Birmingham Mail about the injury before Friday's test.

"It was an awkward fall, no one was near him. He fell on his shoulder. It is not always straightforward so we need to get it checked out and see what the best solution is."

The club feared the worst after the injury occurred and their concerns were validated by tests run on Friday. It's a massive blow for Villa and Delph, who had been having a strong season, having earned his first international cap for England and playing in both of the nation's first Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Villa's first match without Delph available is on Saturday against Everton.