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Lambert hoping for Benteke boost

16 October 2013 14:34

Paul Lambert is hopeful Christian Benteke will be ready to return from injury in time for Aston Villa's clash with Tottenham on Sunday.

The Belgian striker has not featured since picking up a hip injury in his side's 1-0 victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road in September, but trained with his national side during the international break and was an unused substitute in the 1-1 draw with Wales.

"He trained the last couple of days with Belgium and was on the bench which indicates that he felt pretty good," said Lambert.

"Our medical team spoke to theirs - as you do with every player - and everyone seems to have come back not too bad.

"I don't know if he'll be ready for Tottenham. He'll know himself how he's feeling. All I know is he was on the bench last night.

"He trained for a couple of days and hadn't had a reaction, but that might change, I'll just wait and see."

Benteke is Villa's top scorer this season, with five Premier League goals to his name.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
20 October 2013
Game week
8
Kick-off
17:00
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
0 - 2
Venue
Villa Park (Birmingham)
Attendance
35391

Goals

0 - 1
31' A. Townsend
 (assist by Soldado)
0 - 2
69' Soldado
 (assist by Paulinho)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
4
2
14
8
16 90+2'
15 10'
7
11 58'
27
10
Coach: P. Lambert
# Player Bookings
25
5
20 52'
6
2 89'
8 38'
14
22
30
17 31'
9 69'
Coach: André Villas-Boas

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
20
18
24
13
21
9
34
# Player Bookings
7 90+3'
19
18
11
16
23
24

Monday 24 November

23:44
23:40
23:28
22:58
21:52
21:45
20:48
19:57
19:17
19:01
18:57
18:52
18:24
18:14
18:01
17:50
17:48
17:34
17:21
16:56
16:55
16:41
16:40
16:31
16:26
15:43
14:42
14:10
13:38
13:15
12:56
12:43
12:20
11:50
11:44
10:59
10:51
10:50
10:44
10:30
08:24
06:47
06:33
05:42
05:39
04:49
04:37
03:56
03:40
03:12
02:56
02:46
02:18
02:06
01:43
01:39
01:30
00:31
00:06

Sunday 23 November

23:47
23:26
23:10
22:42
21:05
20:53
20:19
19:56
19:06
19:02
18:54
18:05
17:40
16:42
16:25
16:22
15:32
15:20
14:54
13:42
12:56
12:35
12:31
12:15
12:07
12:01
11:30
11:22
10:41
10:11
08:59
06:30
05:29
05:25
02:38
02:03
00:08
00:02

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 12 +19 32
2 12 +18 26
3 12 +11 24
4 12 +4 19
5 12 -1 19
6 12 +4 18
7 12 +3 18
8 12 +5 17
9 12 +3 17
10 12 -1 17
11 12 -2 15
12 12 -3 14
13 12 -4 13
14 12 -7 13
15 12 -4 12
16 12 -11 12
17 12 -3 11
18 12 -7 10
19 12 -12 10
20 12 -12 8

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