PHOTO: Christian Benteke in Aston Villa training ahead of Manchester City clash

Aston Villa striker a full participant in training.

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has a chance of making the squad to play Manchester City this weekend.

The Belgian was pictured in training ahead of the clash, as he steps up his comeback from an achilles injury which kept him out of the World Cup.

Manager Paul Lambert is pleased with his progress, and indicated even if he does not plan to use him, having him on the bench will be enough of a boost to lift the crowd and worry City.

He told Villa's website: "If everything goes okay today and he feels okay then I'll put him in the squad.

"He came through the U21s game on Monday pretty well and he has been in training the rest of the week.

"It gives the supporters a massive lift - him coming back - and I'm pretty sure if he's round about it he'll get a huge welcome back."

"He's been really upbeat. He seems in a really good place at the minute."

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