Everton have confirmed that Fabian Delph will miss Thursday evening’s meeting with Southampton as he’s still ‘sidelined’ with a ‘muscle injury’. The 30-year-old hasn’t played for Everton since February and is currently having individual treatment at Finch Farm. It remains to be seen when he’ll return.
Delph has made 20/38 appearances in all competitions since joining Everton from Manchester City for £8.55m last summer. The England international is currently worth £10.8m, but he’s having a forgettable debut season at Goodison Park.
Injuries have kept Delph on the sidelined for more of the campaign. He’s featured in only 53% of Everton’s games, amassing 43% of playing time (1471/3420). In his absence, Carlo Ancelotti has called upon Gylfi Sigurdsson, Andre Gomes, Beni Baningime and Tom Davies, and has been getting results too.
Everton are 11th in the Premier League table with 44 points from 33 games, coming off the back of two wins, one draw and one defeat – 0-0 draw with Liverpool (June 21), 1-0 win over Norwich City (June 24), 2-1 win over Leicester City (July 1), 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur (July 6).
A win over Southampton would see them go four points clear of the South Coast club and narrow the gap to the top-half of the table.