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Lambert optimistic over Delph return

4 November 2013 12:00

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is hopeful Fabian Delph will put a sickness bug behind him to return against Cardiff City on Saturday.

The 23-year-old missed last weekend'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," said Lambert.

"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."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
9 November 2013
Game week
11
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
2 - 0
Venue
Villa Park (Birmingham)
Attendance
35809

Goals

L. Bacuna 76'  
1 - 0
L. Kozák 84'
(assist by M. Lowton) 
2 - 0

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9
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17
36
37
# Player Bookings
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18
23
5
13
16
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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 29 +36 67
2 30 +34 61
3 30 +27 60
4 30 +25 59
5 30 +12 54
6 30 +21 53
7 30 +5 53
8 30 -4 43
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