A round up of the latest news and gossip connected to Aston Villa.
Star Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke could play for Belgium this evening despite being injured. Benteke is carrying a hip problem, which he picked up at the end of last month and Paul Lambert says he’ll be furious if Benteke returns in a worse condition.
“I won’t be happy if he plays and comes back to me injured. I totally understand Belgium’s point of view. They’re a point away from the biggest tournament at national team level. But you’re hoping they understand our point of view,” said Lambert.
On the transfer front, Brad Guzan says he is happy at the club despite rumours of a move to Arsenal. The American’s fine form has apparently forced Arsenal to take a look at him as they mull over signing a new goalkeeper this winter or next summer.
One player Aston Villa missed out on this week was 15-year-old Kristopher Da Graca. The versatile central defender completed a move to Premier League leaders Arsenal after a successful trial with the club back in August.
Aston villa captain Ron Vlaar is doing his best to boost the spirits of injured teammate Jores Okore. Okore picked up a cruciate ligament injury earlier this season which will keep him out for the rest of the campaign.
“Jores is so unlucky with his injury. I think he did really great in the games he played. I know what he's going through and I hope that if we can have good results it will help him feel better,” said Vlaar.
Leandro Bacuna says he is learning a great deal from teammate Antonio Luna. Both players joined the club over the summer and the 22-year-old says watching Luna is helping him settle into a new and unfamiliar full back role for the club.
Central defender Ciaran Clark says he expects the club to go from strength to strength after repairing a bad start to the season. Villa are sitting on a current record of three wins from their opening seven matches and while Clark admits there is still room for improvement, he’s confident of a good season.
Clark also explained earlier this week how Aston Villa have lost any element of ‘shock’ factor when they achieve a result against a bigger team, which is a tribute to their growing reputation.
In a more random story, Lambert recently wrote to Aston Villa season ticket holders to thank them for their support as he’s been under heavy pressure after starting the process of rebuilding the side from last season up to now.
“On behalf of the team and my staff, this is a genuine note of appreciation for your ongoing support of the Club and for the strong contribution you have made,” read the start of the letter.
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