Paul Lambert is hopeful that Christian Benteke will be able to play a part of Aston Villa’s Premier League match against Tottenham this weekend. Benteke injured his hip against Norwich in September and has since been ruled out, but has recently been called up to the Belgium side, he sat on the bench for the two qualifiers against Croatia and 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.” – Paul Lambert
Since Benteke’s injury, Kozak and Helenius have both led the line, together they’ve only contributed 1 goal to the team. I expect Kozak to start against Tottenham, but to be replaced by Benteke in the second half.