Delph: I'll be a nervous wreck watching from sidelines
Fabian Delph has spoken of his devastation at being ruled out of the forthcoming games against Reading and QPR, insisting: "I'll be a nervous wreck watching from the sidelines".
Delph is suspended for the crunch clashes against two of Villa's rivals at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League after collecting a tenth yellow card of the campaign in Monday's defeat against Manchester City.
He is gutted to be missing two fixtures of such importance, especially after enjoying an extended run of games in Paul Lambert's starting XI.
The 23-year-old midfielder - who scooped the man-of-the-match award against City - feels he has been hard done by with several of his bookings.
"I'm disappointed as I've started to get a run in the team and I want to do my best for the team," said Delph.
"I want to be there playing games, not sat at home watching.
"I'll be a nervous wreck watching. I prefer to be out there giving the boys a hand.
"I'm disappointed and I'm genuinely not a player who cheats. I didn't mean to handball it.
"The ref says I handled the ball but I've honestly not meant to do that.
"If I'm being totally honest I've got ten yellow cards and I think I only deserve maybe four of them.
"I've never hurt a player. The yellow cards I've been given, I've always won the ball.
"I've never been malicious. I've come here and had a lot of injuries so I know what it is like to be injured and I would never try and injure a player."
Delph says his man-of-the-match award against City came as little consolation because of the scoreline.
The former Leeds United ace also backed skipper Ciaran Clark to come back stronger after his costly error against Roberto Mancini's men.
"It is all about the team performance and how we played collectively," Delph added.
"I analyse my own performance and I'm thrilled to get man of the match but I'm disappointed with the loss and I think we could have got something out of the game.
"We made a mistake and Ciaran is only going to get better from that mistake.
"He has been brilliant all season and after that mistake he was absolutely terrific.
"He is a great captain for us and he is going to come back fighting stronger."
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