Delph injury blow for Leeds

United loanee returns to Villa for treatment

Fabian Delph: The midfielder has suffered an ankle injury

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On-loan midfielder Fabian Delph has been ruled out of Leeds United's weekend Championship clash at home to Doncaster with an ankle injury.

The 22-year-old, who is back at Elland Road on a month's loan from Aston Villa, has had to return to his parent club for further treatment after picking up the knock during the midweek defeat at Coventry.

Delph has suffered from a history of ankle problems which has limited his number of first-team opportunities since signing for Villa in 2009.

Caretaker United boss Neil Redfearn confirmed on the club's official website: "Fab will be out for Saturday. He's gone back to Villa to be assessed, but he is being monitored and we're hoping it will be a case of days.

"Fab's a good player. Against Bristol City and Brighton I thought he played well. He's a big influence and he'll be a big loss."

Delph's initial loan period is due to expire after the trip to Portsmouth in a fortnight.