Midlands latest: Lambert issues Villa warning to big-guns; Baggies star set for debut

We bring you the latest news from Aston Villa, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Derby County.

Lambert backs side to be a test for the best

Paul Lambert has backed his Aston Villa side to prove that they are able to compete with the best in the Premier League in their upcoming fixtures.

Villa take on Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton in their next five matches in the top-tier, but Lambert is not daunted by the prospect and aims to build on their unbeaten start.

“You would probably prefer to have them during the early stages of the season rather than having them at the end when they’re right in their stride,” Lambert said. “We took points off them last season so who’s to say we can’t do it again.”

Geoff Cameron set for surgery

Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron will have surgery on a troublesome hernia injury today.

The American international has been struggling with the injury for some time and he is going under-the-knife to rectify the problem as he looks to get back to full-fitness.

Joleon Lescott likely to make West Brom debut

Joleon Lescott is set to make his West Bromwich Albion debut against Everton after coming through a friendly yesterday.

The Baggies were busy over the summer, but Lescott’s addition was arguably the most eye-catching of them all.

The experienced defender is yet to make an appearance for his new club, though, after struggling with injury, but he is over that now and is in-line to make his maiden start on Saturday.

George Swan excited by Wolves move

George Swan says he is excited by his move to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The young defender became the club’s fourth summer signing yesterday and he says that he is looking forward to getting started at Molineux.

"I am really excited about the move to Wolves," Swan enthused.

"I went to a couple of clubs this summer and had a few offers on the table but everything about Wolves felt good from the moment I arrived.”

Derby County await scan results

Derby County are awaiting a scan on the fitness of Jamie Ward.

The pacey wideman picked up an injury on international duty and the Rams are waiting to see the severity of it.

Steve McClaren’s side are hoping that it isn’t too bad, as they want him fit for the weekend when they take on Nottingham Forest.

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