Fabian Delph ruled out until 2015

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert reveals that midfielder Fabian Delph had successful shoulder surgery, but that he will be absent until the New Year.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has revealed that Fabian Delph will likely be absent until 2015.

The England midfielder was initially ruled out until December after suffering a shoulder injury in a training ground fall earlier this month.

He has since undergone successful surgery for the issue, but Lambert is not expecting the 24-year-old back "for a few months".

"Delph has had his operation, it went well and everything is on course," he told Sky Sports News. "It's just a matter of getting him to do his rehab and getting him fit.

"I don't think you can put a timescale on it but he will be out for a few months. It's not a complicated injury, it's straightforward.

"Everything went fine and it is now a case of getting him back."

Delph has started seven of the Villans' eight Premier League outings prior to his injury.

Aston Villa's English midfielder Tom Cleverley is pictured during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Aston Villa at the Anfield Stadium in Liverpool on September 13, 2014
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