Fabian Delph is set for another spell on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury in the opening stages of England’s 2-0 win against Switzerland at Wembley on Tuesday.
The Manchester City midfielder lasted just two minutes of the Euro 2016 qualifier and looks set to miss Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace.
It is the second hamstring injury Delph has suffered since his £8million move from Aston Villa to the Etihad Stadium in the summer.
He also pulled up after just 18 minutes of his debut against Real Madrid during City’s pre-season tour of Australia.
England manager Roy Hodgson was surprised that Delph had to limp out of the action so soon after the kick-off.
He said: “Fabian pulled his hamstring. He’s trained every session, felt good, played in San Marino.
“It was just that burst, that acceleration. He felt it’s a definite pull. We’re very disappointed, as is he. It’s not something that we could have prevented because there was no risk putting him on the field.”
Delph has only played twice for City this season after recovering from his summer injury.
He came on as a last-minute substitute against Everton in August and played 15 minutes against Watford just before the international break.
Delph spent six years at Villa Park following his transfer from Leeds United in the summer of 2009 and scored three times in 112 Premier League appearances for the club.