Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has thanked manager Paul Lambert for the intensive training regime which has helped him overcome his injury problems.
The 23-year-old has found some fantastic form this season and believes that it is due to Lambert and his medical team making him put in the work, he told the Birmingham Mail.
"When Paul Lambert came I thought I would have been training twice a week," he commented. "But he was like 'no chance - you're training every day'. He got the medical team to push me on. I don't think I've missed a training session since he's been here."
It has resulted in Delph playing all 90 minutes of every single Premier League fixture so far this season, impressing with his combative style.
It had been a frustrating time at Aston Villa for the 23-year-old since his move from Leeds United four years ago. He arrived with a strong reputation but has failed to match up to that due to long-term injury troubles.
""We've had good fitness coaches throughout my time here. I've taken bits from every one of them and managed to just do my strength work and be consistent with that. It seems to be working," he continued.
"I feel a lot stronger, a lot more confident in my physical shape. It's blood, sweat and tears in the gym, putting in strength and conditioning work.
"There's nothing complicated, just good old hard work."
Consequently, Delph has even been mentioned with a possible England call-up, which he is yet to receive, though he has four caps for the England Under-21s.
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