Fabian Delph has withdrawn from England’s Euro 2020 Qualifiers having suffered a hamstring injury in Everton’s 1-0 defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor according to BBC Sport.
Delph was set to return to the national setup for fixtures against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria after missing out on the squad last month.
The 29-year-old played the entirety of the Toffees defeat at the weekend which was his sixth full 90 minute game in a row. Indeed, that is the first time that has been the case since a consistent spell at left-back for Manchester City in the 2017/18 season.
Everton will be hoping that Delph’s decision to pull out was precautionary, given that match fit midfield options are sparse with Andre Gomes just returning from a rib injury at the weekend and Jean-Phillipe Gbamin is only back in light training following a thigh injury.
An Everton statement yesterday said: “The midfielder sustained the injury towards the end of Saturday’s Premier League fixture against Burnley and will be assessed today by Everton’s medical staff.”
A replacement has not been chosen so Gareth Southgate will continue preparations for the qualifiers with a 24-man squad.
Delph’s Everton teammates Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane are to be involved in the squads for the games which take place on Friday and next Monday. Indeed, perhaps this could be good news for a Toffees side struggling right now. Clearly a key player given the extent of his recent involvement, affording the player the chance to recover un-interrupted over the course of the international break to hopefully feature against West Ham United at Goodison Park when the Premier League returns may just be a blessing in disguise.
Still, for Delph himself, it’s obviously a blow considering he may be looking to play his way into Southgate’s side amid some midfield problems of late.
Thus far, the former Leeds United ace has averaged the second-highest amount of tackles per game (via WhoScored) as well as the most passes on average, so is obviously a key cog in their engine room.
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