Delph prepared to miss birth of baby for Aston Villa

Fabian Delph is prepared to miss the birth of his baby child. Photo: PA

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph is prepared to miss the birth of his first child if it coincides with one of the games in the club's ongoing battle to avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

Delph's girlfriend Natalie is due to give birth early next month and he is desperate to be present when the baby arrives.

But the 23-year-old former Leeds player, who scored an own goal in Saturday's 1-1 home draw with Fulham, has also stressed the importance of keeping himself available for Villa at the moment - something he is ready to prioritise if necessary.

"We have spoken about it and we know it's a possibility," Delph told the club's official website,

"It could happen as one of the games is about to go on. But this is a crucial part of the season and if I'm down to play in the games, I need to be playing.

"Natalie appreciates the situation and is 100% behind me.

"I want to see my baby being born and hope it happens. Ideally, it will happen on a Wednesday."

Villa are currently 17th in the table with five matches left to play, three points clear of 18th-placed Wigan, who have two games in hand over them.