The midfielder had earned a recall to the national team based on his performances for the Blues this season since joining them from Manchester City over the summer but he will now have to wait for the chance to earn his next cap.
Delph, who struggled with injury during his time at City, missed the start of the season after sustaining a soft tissue injury during pre-season, had been included in Gareth Southgate's squad for the upcoming games against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria
The 29-year-old has made six starts for Everton in all competitions this season and has been an important component of Marco Silva's midfield, especially without André Gomes who missed almost four matches himself with what is suspected to have been a broken rib.
Neither full extent of Delph's injury nor the anticipated length of his layoff have been announced by the club; the player will undergo tests at Finch Farm this week before any further prognosis is made.
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1 Posted 07/10/2019 at 14:45:04
2 Posted 07/10/2019 at 14:48:51
3 Posted 07/10/2019 at 14:50:28
4 Posted 07/10/2019 at 15:27:41
5 Posted 07/10/2019 at 15:45:13
6 Posted 07/10/2019 at 15:55:40
7 Posted 07/10/2019 at 16:30:53
8 Posted 07/10/2019 at 17:02:39
9 Posted 07/10/2019 at 17:18:11
Have you a proposal of how you'd manage this?
10 Posted 07/10/2019 at 17:50:26
Good player he is, he's never going to be injury free just as Gibson or Duncan Ferguson were never, a player is just either injury prone or they are not.
Delph would have been great next to Gana, he needs mobility and legs next to him, partnering Schneiderlin or Gomes just isn't the answer.
11 Posted 07/10/2019 at 17:56:57
Bulgaria v England? Even the locals prefer watching the Premier League than Bulgaria.
12 Posted 07/10/2019 at 18:06:47
It'd be easy for UEFA to do, but FIFA would need to get on board or it would not work. I'm sure TV would snap up the rights more if there was more of a club feel to these games and more at stake. They could even revamp the World and Euro Qualifications to take advantage.
File it under hairbrained idea, but thinking on what Stevie said, and moving this to the winter makes sense to me.
13 Posted 07/10/2019 at 18:44:56
14 Posted 07/10/2019 at 19:52:43
This is what I was afraid of may happen but I'm optimistic this "injury" (wink, wink) simply needs rest.
15 Posted 07/10/2019 at 20:33:47
16 Posted 07/10/2019 at 20:44:17
17 Posted 07/10/2019 at 21:15:07
18 Posted 07/10/2019 at 22:06:26
Typical Everton twist but let's stay positive, and rally regardless for the battles ahead.
19 Posted 07/10/2019 at 22:23:30
20 Posted 07/10/2019 at 22:36:32
Something has to give, and it won't be league or European football, because clubs are providing super star wages and the opportunity to play with and against other superstar players.
21 Posted 07/10/2019 at 23:39:30
Steve @12, again a mirror of my thoughts and has been for a long time. The Club v Country argument has been going on for years, these International Breaks are so disruptive, and all with the chance that those involved, could pick up that unwanted injury, further affecting bread and butter football.
Like you suggest why not have a one-time long break, where they can play all their International matches? Of course the injury scenario, could still occur, but as always these have to be accommodated by the parent Club. It's even more annoying when they are only Friendlies!
22 Posted 08/10/2019 at 02:19:50
A winter break or at least a few weeks break would be ideal, but then you would see most teams going on a meaningless tour to try to promote and please their sponsors.
23 Posted 08/10/2019 at 10:17:42
24 Posted 08/10/2019 at 20:12:25
They've now got two competitions going that are filling their pockets.
The clubs pay their wages and gain not very much from internationals, they need to get together and stand up to these "Governing Bodies".
I would like to see the seasons that the World and the European cups are played start/finish a month early, all qualifiers are played in the month at the end of the season, after that they have rest and then go to the tournament.
The odd friendly now and again, but nothing more.
Of course I'm dreaming it will never happen the cash cow is being milked.
25 Posted 08/10/2019 at 20:13:45
26 Posted 08/10/2019 at 20:24:32
It's just a slip up, I've done that a few times, probably just subconsciously assoctiating the EU to UEFA.
27 Posted 08/10/2019 at 20:33:48
28 Posted 08/10/2019 at 23:23:34
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