By Ben Dinnery

14th Oct, 2021 | 12:51pm

Injury expert: Delph 'lucky' to avoid surgery after Everton training ground incident

Fabian Delph is lucky he avoided surgery as he nears a return to the Everton first team.

That is according to medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Delph, 31, has missed the majority of Everton’s season after dislocating his shoulder in training.

On 13 September, Rafael Benitez told Liverpool Echo the midfielder could be out for six weeks.

As Delph nears a return to action, Dinnery has revealed how a previous injury could have ruled the player out for considerably longer.

“Football is a contact sport, if you don’t want injuries then don’t play football,” Dinnery told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

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“It’s unfortunate because this is Delph’s second dislocated shoulder we have had reported.

“That one needed surgical intervention so he’s lucky that hasn’t been required again.

“They were both training injuries as well and like the previous one, this one has been treated conservatively.

“Delph should be in and around a return to play now. The issue is, if you have a shoulder that has been dislocated multiple times, the ligaments lose strength.

“The shoulder sits in a shallow socket, so if those ligaments become compromised, that’s when surgery is advised.

“He will be doing a lot of sport-specific recovering, holding off opponents and throw-ins for example.

“Everton need to make sure Fabian is as comfortable as possible on the mental side as well.

“He needs to be confident he won’t hurt himself again when flying into challenges.”

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