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Villa v Norwich media watch [26.10.12 AM]: Countdown to big clash
The morning claret and blue media reports.
26th Oct 2012
Villa v Norwich media watch [26.10.12 AM]: Countdown to big clash


Birmingham Mail: Captain Ron Vlaar admits he feels responsible for Villa's stuttering start to the season - but insists the claret and blues need leaders throughout the squad. The former Feyenoord defender revealed it has been difficult to adjust to the role of skipper at a new club, in a different league with a foreign language.

Birmingham Mail: Matthew Lowton is on standby to fill in at centre half against Norwich at Villa Park tomorrow. Lowton moved across from right-back to the middle to partner Ron Vlaar towards the end of the 1-0 defeat at Fulham last weekend.

Birmingham Mail: Dion Dublin reckons Villa need their high-profile stars to turn up tomorrow or risk losing to a pumped-up Norwich side. The former Holte End hero, who started and finished his career with the Canaries, believes the likes of Darren Bent, Stephen Ireland and Gabby Agbonlahor must be firing on all cylinders if Villa are to win.

Daily Mail: Aston Villa are facing a potential centre-back crisis for the home Barclays Premier League clash with manager Paul Lambert's former club Norwich. Richard Dunne (groin) is definitely ruled out while Nathan Baker (ankle) and Ciaran Clark (knee) will be assessed later on Friday.

Mirror: Darren Bent's mentor George Burley has leapt to his defence and says rotating the striker will not bring the best out of him.

Daily Telegraph: The League Managers Association have warned Norwich City against making further comments about Paul Lambert, ahead of Saturday's potentially stormy reunion.

*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

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