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Villa v Stoke media watch [07.12.12 PM]: Lambert on Potters test
The afternoon claret and blue media reports.
7th Dec 2012
Villa v Stoke media watch [07.12.12 PM]: Lambert on Potters test


Express and Star: Aston Villa will have to tackle Stoke without captain Ron Vlaar as he was today ruled out for a third consecutive game. Manager Paul Lambert confirmed the Dutch defender's calf muscle injury was still troubling him and that he "did not expect him to be available".

Express and Star: Former Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu is back at Villa Park tomorrow convinced the Paul Lambert-Darren Bent dispute can only finish one way - with the £24m striker's exit. The club's powerhouse defender of the 1990s returns for Barclays promotional duties backing Lambert's young team to win their battle for Premier League security this season.

Goal.com: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has revealed there has been no interest from other clubs in striker Darren Bent ahead of the January transfer window. The former Tottenham and Sunderland striker became Aston Villa's record signing when he joined the club for a reported £24 million in January 2011.

Sky Sports: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has rejected suggestions that Darren Bent is up for sale and insists there has been no interest shown in the England striker. Bent's future at Villa Park has been the subject of speculation for some time with the forward losing his place in the starting XI.

Sky Sports: Paul Lambert hopes Aston Villa will have enough muscle to cope with Stoke's physical threat on Saturday. Villa's squad will look small in comparison to their counterparts, with the exception of striker Christian Benteke, but with their form improving in recent weeks Lambert says there is no reason they cannot play to their own strengths and extend their unbeaten run to four games.

Sky Sports: Stoke boss Tony Pulis has backed Aston Villa counterpart Paul Lambert's decision to concentrate on improving results by utilising his younger players. Villa take on the Potters on Saturday on a three-game unbeaten streak during which inexperienced players such as Andreas Weimann and Nathan Baker have come to the fore.

ClubCall: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has rejected suggestions that Darren Bent is up for sale and insists there has been no interest shown in the England striker. Bent's future at Villa Park has been the subject of speculation for some time with the forward losing his place in the starting XI.

*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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