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Delph to miss baby birth for Villa

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Tue, 16 Apr 2013 17:09:00

Wolves have lost their bid to have Jamie O'Hara's three-game ban reduced after their appeal was rejected by the Football Association.

O'Hara, who was sent off during Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Huddersfield, will miss Tuesday night's game against Hull City followed by the clashes with Charlton and Burnley.

The midfielder reacted angrily to a challenge from Terriers substitute Keith Southern and subsequently pushed him, leading to his dismissal.

Wolves had accepted the decision itself but were unhappy with the mandatory three-match ban and asked the FA for leniency in the matter.

Under FA rules a club may appeal the severity of a suspension if they feel there are extenuating circumstances, but in this instance the FA decided to reject the appeal and O'Hara will have to serve the full three-game ban.

Delph's girlfriend Natalie is due to give birth early next month and he is desperate to be present when the baby arrives.

But the 23-year-old former Leeds player, who scored an own goal in Saturday's 1-1 home draw with Fulham, has also stressed the importance of keeping himself available for Villa at the moment - something he is ready to prioritise if necessary.

"We have spoken about it and we know it's a possibility," Delph told the club's official website.

"It could happen as one of the games is about to go on. But this is a crucial part of the season and if I'm down to play in the games, I need to be playing.

"Natalie appreciates the situation and is 100% behind me.

"I want to see my baby being born and hope it happens. Ideally, it will happen on a Wednesday."

Villa are currently 17th in the table with five matches left to play, three points clear of 18th-placed Wigan, who have two games in hand over them.

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