Midlands latest: Lambert provides update on Benteke fitness, Pearson praises Leicester strikers

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Paul Lambert: Benteke not far away

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says that Christian Benteke is not far away from making his return to football.

The striker has been ruled out for a prolonged period of time with injury, but could be back in the imminent future - although the Scot did confirm that the Chelsea game this weekend would be too soon for him. 

"He has trained this past week with no ill effects. He will train again this week," he said to the club's official site. 

"We will see how he is. But he's not too far now."

Pearson delighted with attackers

Nigel Pearson has praised Leicester City's front-three after their stunning 5-3 victory over Manchester United at the weekend.

The Foxes caused United no end of problems in the match, as they came from behind to take victory, and Pearson feels it was reward for the form that Leandro Ulloa, Jamie Vardy and David Nugent showed during the match. 

"It's nice to have three strikers scoring," Pearson told Leiester's official website. "Leo got another two – his all-round game I'm really pleased with, but for him to continue to score is important."

"For Nuge to get off the mark is important and for Vards I thought his goal is just reward for the sort of performance he put in."

Adam wants Stoke goals

Charlie Adam insists that he wants to be the man to start scoring the goals for Stoke City, as they look to improve on their inconsistent early season form.

Adam made his first league start in the weekend's 2-2 draw with QPR and he says that he wants to get a run of games so he can start hitting the back of the net for the Potters

"I hope I can be the one who starts putting these chances away," he said to the Sentinel. "I need a run of games. 

"It was nice to be back in the team and hopefully I can now try and stay in the team."

Jonas Olsson remains important

Alan Irvine has confirmed that Jonas Olsson remains a part of his plans at West Bromwich Albion after he was dropped for the club's win against Tottenham Hotspur yesterday.

Olsson made way to allow Joleon Lescott to make his debut, after a poor start to the season, but Irvine insists that the commanding centre-back remains an vital figure for his side. 

"Jonas will remain a very important member of our squad," Irvine said to the Express and Star.

Jackett not concerned by Dicko injury

Kenny Jackett says that he is not concerned by the injury that Wolverhampton Wanderers star Nouha Dicko picked up against Bolton Wanderers at the weekend.

Dicko had to be replaced at half-time after picking up a knock, but Jackett believes the striker will be fit and ready to go again in Wolves' next match. 

“He had a very tight hamstring but we don’t think it’s pulled,” said Jackett to the Express and Star. 

“All being well he’ll be OK for Reading. We’ll make sure he’s 100 per cent fit because he’s a key player."

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