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Fabian Delph set for six weeks absence

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Manchester City's £8 million summer recruit, Fabian Delph, is set to face a long spell on the sidelines. 

The former Aston Villa midfielder, who angered fans by declaring his intention to stay in the midlands, only to do a U-turn on that pledge the following week, has had a difficult start to his time at the Etihad.

The 25-year-old pulled up early on in England's 2-0 win over Switzerland in last week's European Championship qualifier. The hamstring injury sustained on that brief outing was rather overshadowed by Wayne Rooney's success in scoring a 50th goal for England and thus, overtaking Sir Bobby Charlton in the international goalscoring stakes.

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In fact, however, the injury Delph sustained - just 9 seconds into the match - was the quickest ever picked up during an England match. Delph can count himself unlucky, but with a five year contract at Manchester City, he will have plenty of time to stake a claim for a starting berth.

The concern of many pundits was that Delph might struggle to start games for City, with Yaya Tour, Fernando and Fernandinho already at the club. Toure, in particular, is a powerful presence at the club and will always start when he is fit. 

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The shame for Delph, though, is that he also picked up a hamstring injury on his pre-season debut for City. On that occasion, he did not play again until City's win over Everton on August 23, having been injured in Melbourne in an International Champions Cup game against Real Madrid.

Life has not got off to the best of starts for Delph at his new club, and his new boss, Manuel Pellegrini, had this to say:

"I don't know how long it will be, we'll see. I think at this moment it will be a month and a half".

Fans will hope the injury heals quicker than expected and so, too, will Delph, who will struggle for game-time given City's impressive start to the campaign. The Sky Blues have won all four games so far, scoring ten and conceding zero.

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