Delph to miss baby birth for Villa
Wolves have lost their bid to have Jamie O’Hara’s three-game ban
reduced after their appeal was rejected by the Football
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
Wolves had accepted the decision itself but were unhappy with
the mandatory three-match ban and asked the FA for leniency in the
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.