Date: 7th November 2019 at 7:30am
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Fabian Delph is an injury doubt ahead of Everton’s upcoming meeting with Southampton, having picked up a knock after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham, but the Toffees are confident that he’ll return in time to face the Saints on Saturday afternoon.

According to Sky Sports, Delph’s knock caused him to ‘miss training’ on Tuesday, but his club are ‘hopeful’ that he’ll recover in the coming days. The 29-year-old’s absence in training was said to be as a precaution, which suggests his injury isn’t too serious.

Since joining from Manchester City over the summer, Delph has made 10 appearances for Everton, racking up 812 minutes of football. He played a full 90 minutes against Tottenham but pulled up at the end of the game and has been resting ever since.

Marco Silva can’t afford to lose any more players from the engine room – Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Andre Gomes are long-term absentees and won’t return until 2020. If Delph misses Saturday’s clash, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Morgan Schneiderlin and Tom Davies will be the only midfield options remaining.

Beni Baningime could be set for another recall to the matchday squad too.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article