A round up of news and gossip related to Aston Villa.
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has revealed star striker Christian Benteke does not need surgery on an injured hip. Benteke picked up the injury in last weekend’s win against Norwich City.
“It's not as bad as we feared it was going to be. It's maybe four, five, six weeks or so. You have that international break which certainly helps us,” said Lambert.
Aston Villa face the daunting prospect of an in form Manchester City, as they look to bounce back from League Cup defeat to Tottenham. Full back Leandro Bacuna believes the strikers will compensate for Christian Benteke’s injury.
“Of course he's a big player for the team, but we have other strikers also here as well. He's important for us but we have other good strikers. We have confidence in the other strikers,” he told the club’s website.
One player who should be fit for the clash against City is Gabby Agbonlahor. The lightning quick forward has been missing from Villa’s frontline with an ankle injury but is on course to be fit for this weekend.
One player who definitely won’t be available is defender Jores Okore, who has admitted he’s devastated to be missing the rest of the season. Okore ruptured knee ligament in the clash against Newcastle earlier this month.
“At the beginning I just thought it was a minor injury and that I would be out for a couple of weeks. It was really a big blow when I was told about the serious injury,” he told the Birmingham Mail.
Okore insists that he’s not going to let the injury affect him mentally and he’s aiming to return to full fitness as a stronger individual as he seeks to become a better player.
Marc Albrighton may have saved his Aston Villa career with an impressive performance against Spurs in the mid-week League Cup defeat. Paul Lambert had admitted that he was considering sending the midfielder out on loan but now re-think based on his mid-week display.
Lambert has defended his team’s performance after Tottenham won 4-0, suggesting the result flattered the North London team. Lambert suggested Villa could have come back from 2-0 down considering the changes Tottenham made to their usually strong subs bench.
Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar says he hopes his ambition to play at the World Cup with the Netherlands next summer will boost his club form. Villa have struggled so far this season after a superb opening day win in the Premier League away at Arsenal but they will be confident after a narrow win against Norwich.
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