Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert hopeful of Delph return

After the 23-year-old was forced to miss Saturday's 0-0 draw with West Ham due to a bug, the Villans manager is confident that he will have his man back against Cardiff City
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is hopeful that Fabian Delph will put illness behind him to return against Cardiff City on Saturday.

The 23-year-old missed Saturday's goalless draw with West Ham due to a stomach complaint similar to the one that kept Ciaran Clark out against Tottenham a fortnight earlier.

However, Delph is likely to be available for the visit of Cardiff as Villa seek a first league win in five matches.

"When you look at the ones we lost against West Ham, Fabian has been fantastic for us," Lambert told reporters.

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"He had a bug on Thursday and Friday so that was a blow to see him miss the game at Upton Park.

"I'm pretty sure Fabian's bug is only a short-term kind of thing. He pulled out of training on Thursday. He came in on Friday but he still didn't look the greatest so we sent him home.

"There's been a bug going around. Ciaran had it the other week so hopefully Fabian will be alright for the next game."

Forward Andreas Weimann could face a longer spell on the sidelines after being forced off against West Ham.

"It looks like a hamstring at the minute. I don't know how severe it is," added Lambert.

"The thing is we've got one more game then we get a break so hopefully the break helps him."