Everton have confirmed that Fabian Delph is on the recovery trail from a muscle injury and has taken part in light training ahead of Sunday afternoon’s Premier League meeting with Manchester United.
The 30-year-old’s last outing for Everton came more than a month ago in their 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur (November 3), but he will be assessed by Everton before a final decision is made by Duncan Ferguson.
Delph has made 10 appearances in all competitions this season, seven of which have come in the Premier League (558 minutes).
Since picking up the knock against Tottenham, the Englishman has gone on to miss Everton’s 2-1 win over Southampton (November 9), 2-0 defeat to Norwich City (November 23), 2-1 defeat to Leicester City (December 1), 5-2 defeat to Liverpool (December 4) and 3-1 win over Chelsea (December 7).
Everton have endured an injury crisis in the engine room while Delph has been out – Jean-Philippe Gbamin (thigh), Andre Gomes (ankle) – which may force Ferguson to continue naming Tom Davies and Gylfi Sigurdsson in the middle of the park.
Despite the need for a midfielder, Ferguson won’t risk injury to Delph by bringing him back too soon.