Benteke close to Aston Villa return

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has revealed that striker Christian Benteke is on course to return to action when his side take on Manchester City on October 4, is reporting.

The Belgian has been out since April, when he tore his Achilles tendon. As a result, he missed the World Cup and has left Lambert with Andreas Weimann, Gabriel Agbonlahor and the returning Darren Bent as his only striking options, particularly as Libor Kozak has also spent a lengthy period of time on the treatment table.

The 23-year-old has been eased back into training and is approaching full fitness, but Saturday’s visit to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea is likely to come too soon. When asked about the possibility of Benteke making his comeback in West London, Lambert said: “I’m not sure if that one might be a bit early.

‘But you’re looking not too far after that I think. He has trained this past week with no ill effects. He will train again this week. We will see how he is. But he’s not too far now.”

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