Villa Park

Next Game

A Villa v Hull City

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Villa Park

Last Game

A Villa 0 - 1 Leyton Or

Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Second Round

Lambert backs Benteke to fire

Paul Lambert is confident a break from action will enable striker Christian Benteke to recapture the impressive form he displayed last season.

Last Updated: 23/12/13 at 09:42 Post Comment

Christian Benteke: Backed to return to form by manager Paul Lambert

Christian Benteke: Backed to return to form by manager Paul Lambert

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

The Aston Villa boss opted to leave the Belgian centre-forward out of his squad for Saturday's trip to the Britannia Stadium, where they endured a 2-1 defeat to Stoke City.

Lambert's decision was influenced by a knee injury which Benteke picked up whilst on international duty in November.

It is a knock likely to keep Benteke out of Villa's Boxing Day date with Crystal Palace but Lambert insists his worries are less with the 23-year-old's fitness, more so his recent displays.

"It's not a major concern," Lambert told The Sun.

"But it's something that needs to have a little bit of a rest and to have treatment.

"The injury was contributing to his form but it was his general game that probably hasn't been what everyone hoped.

"It's not long term - at least I'm pretty sure it's not."

Despite stealing the headlines last term with a return of 19 Premier League goals, Benteke has failed to net in his last 10 outings.

However, Lambert remains assured a period of rest will enable the striker to regain his form of old and return much stronger.

"Hopefully this break will help him," he added. "Sometimes you play through knocks.

"But, at this level of football, you have to be bang on it.

"We have to get him back 100 per cent."

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Arsenal book Champions League group stage place with victory over Besiktas

Arsenal survived the final 15 minutes with 10-men to defeat 1-0 Besiktas to reach the Champions League group stages.

Women's football: Wolfsburg's Nadine Kessler tipped to win UEFA Best Player award

Nadine Kessler deserves to win the UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe award, according to Estonia boss Keith Boanas

Fernando Torres: AC Milan open talks with Chelsea over possible transfer

AC Milan have held talks with Chelsea over the transfer of Fernando Torres, according to Sky sources.

Mail Box

Should Kagawa Play Ahead Of Mata?

That's one question posed in the afternoon mailbox, although it looks like the Japanese playmaker could soon be on his way. Plus, tipping Palace to go down under Warnock...

Well, This Isn't Going That Well Is It?

Plenty of fall out from Manchester United's shambolic 4-0 League Cup defeat, plus thoughts on Van Persie, Arsenal strikers, Benik Afobe, Celtic and Astroturf...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property