Delap could face United
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Kevin Ball is not ruling Rory Delap out of Sunderland's clash against Man United.
Sunderland's caretaker manager Kevin Ball is not ruling Rory Delap out of his side's PremPlus clash against Manchester United.
Delap suffered a broken nose and badly cut his face after clashing with team-mate George McCartney in last weekend's abandoned match with Fulham.
Ball has revealed the former Southampton and Derby man is back in training for The Black Cats, although he will err on the side of caution on whether he plays against United.
"Rory's not ruled out of the Manchester United match, but we have to keep his best interests at heart," Ball told the club's official website.
"If we think he could be involved then he has to feel comfortable about it as well, so we are going to leave the decision to later in the week.
"Rory is already back in training but obviously anything which comes to him at face height he's having to turn away from. We don't want him to get another smack on the face."
Delap believes the treacherous conditions played a major part in his injury and that referee Mike Riley made the right decision in calling off the game after 20 minutes.
"I was going in for a tackle, but I got snow in my eyes and I really couldn't see where I was going," said Delap.
"The next thing I knew, I had hit something. It was only when I got to my feet that I realised it was George I'd hit.
"My nose is broken and I've got a couple of cuts. I was in the dressing room when the game was abandoned, but I knew it had to be called off.
"It was too dangerous. The conditions weren't fit for football - the pitch was getting worse all the time."