Dwight Yorke: This is the good news for Aston Villa

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The return to fitness of Christian Benteke could breathe new life into an Aston Villa team already panting in the Premier League this season.

When Christian Benteke first transferred to Aston Villa, he effectively lifted the team.

That is the opinion of former Villain striker Dwight Yorke, who represented the club for nine seasons and won two League Cup titles, and is banking on the Belgian attacker to once again galvanise an ailing outfit.

"It's been a long time and he has to take it easy but it is good news for Villa," Yorke said to Sky Sports. "The last two or three seasons have not been great [for Aston Villa] and there was one in particular where Benteke kept them up.

"There are always questions of whether he could do it the next year but unfortunately the injury knocked him down, he missed the World Cup and dropped behind [Romelu] Lukaku."

Other Villa stars must become self-motivated to bring the club out of the current funk, with back-to-back 3-0 losses and now face further tough fixtures like their home clash with Manchester City and an away date with Everton.

“People in the team need to be doing a bit more for me," Yorke continued. "Winning football matches breeds confidence within the club.

"Benteke was a breath of fresh air when he first came in and everyone started playing to a certain level and I've not seen that when he's been injured.

"Villa are going through a difficult run of games but have got off to a good start and hopefully they can come through the next couple and progress," he concluded.

While Benteke has been absent for six months he did play for the Under 21s yesterday - and even found the back of the net after converting a penalty in order to help slay Bolton Wanderers.

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