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

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.