Delaney faces scan results

Aston Villa defender Mark Delaney has undergone a scan to determine the extent of the knee injury suffered during Sunday’s FA Cup clash with Manchester City.

The Wales international had to be substituted at half-time during the 1-1 draw after sustaining the setback in the opening minutes following a clash with City midfielder Joey Barton.

Delaney was able to continue after treatment but did not come out for the second period when he was replaced by Liam Ridgewell.

The 29-year-old is hoping the problem is not serious after impressing during the past three months alongside skipper Olof Mellberg after returning from a groin setback.

He said: “It’s too early to tell at the moment, but I’m feeling more positive than I was immediately after the game.

“My gut reaction is that this won’t be a major setback, but I’ll have to wait and see what the scan shows.

“I felt the injury early in the game but played through to half-time. We then decided it was best not to carry on and risk aggravating the injury.

“I won’t know until after the scan but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this is not an injury that will keep me out for any period of time.”

Delaney is still waiting to hear whether he has a future at Villa Park or whether his seven-year spell will end in the summer.

Villa have to let Delaney know by March 1 whether they are to take up a 12-month option on his services. If they decide against such a move, Delaney can leave on a free Bosman transfer in June.

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