Delph admits there have always been questions over his fitness

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has explained he feels previous injuries have made him a stronger player.

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has explained to the club’s website he feels there have always been questions over his fitness.

Delph had knee problems when he first joined the club, but finally seems to be finding his feet as one of the club’s key players under Tim Sherwood.

“I ruptured my knee, then there was the medial on the other knee, the left ankle and the right ankle a few times too. It was a rollercoaster ride for me,” he said.

“At one point it was 'is he going to get back to his best?' There were always questions. It definitely made me stronger.”

Delph embodies the positive qualities that Sherwood has tried to install during his short spell as manager so far and he can be a big player for the club over the next few seasons.

He’s popular because he showed loyalty and signed a new contract when he could have left the club for a team competing for a top four place in the Premier League.

He’s shown grit, aggression and commitment and he should excel if Villa manage to avoid relegation and stay in the Premier League next season.

If he does mentally think about injuries from time to time then it doesn’t show in his experience, as he seems to have a good ability to switch on and forget about his worries when he steps out onto the pitch for the club.

If he can stay clear of serious injury for the rest of his career, there’s no reason he can’t become a legend at Villa Park.

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