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Delph out to repay Villa faith

ASTON VILLA midfielder Fabian Delph has vowed to repay the faith shown in him by chairman Randy Lerner and current boss Paul Lambert after four injury-hit years at the midlands club.

Delph has suffered a number of major setbacks since his £6million move from Leeds four years ago, and admits he is known as "Dr Delph" around the training ground. But he has impressed in recent weeks, although his 10th booking of the season against Manchester City will rule him out of the two relegation clashes with Reading and QPR.



Delph said: "This is my first season that I've actually been fully fit. I've had some terrible injuries. I've been here a long time and, for me, it is personally about paying back the faith the chairman has put in me and also the faith the manager has put in me.

"You see some people buy a player, they don't hit the levels that they should do and, next thing you know, they are out of the door. I have massive respect for the chairman because what he has done for me is fantastic."