Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

FAB GIFT FOR XMAS ; It's Sergio vs Jesus in the Battle of the Blues Strikers - City Special /P45-47

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

FAB GIFT FOR XMAS ; It's Sergio vs Jesus in the Battle of the Blues Strikers - City Special /P45-47

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FABIAN Delph will be back in action in time for Christmas.

The City midfielder is ready to give Pep Guardiola an injury boost ahead of the busy festive period.

Delph, who has recently undergone a groin operation, is expecting to be fit and available in time for the December games - which feature Premier League clashes against Chelsea, Leicester and Liverpool as well as a Champions League group meeting with Celtic.

The former Aston Villa captain has struggled with injuries since his Pounds 8m move in 2015 and opened up about his frustration at the Etihad.

But he believes he is nearing the end of his injury nightmare, saying: "It has been a frustrating time for me. Since I've been here I haven't really been able to get going from an injury point of view but I'm lucky that I have a great medical team looking after me at City, good friends in the squad who've kept me going - especially Gael Clichy who has kept me motivated throughout - and I'm not too far away, now. …

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