Villa v Southampton media watch [11.01.13 PM]: Lambert on Saints
Express and Star: Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar could be thrown in against Southampton after manager Paul Lambert today confirmed he has resumed training. The 27-year-old centre-back limped out of Villa's goalless draw with Arsenal on November 24 and has not been seen on the pitch since.
Setanta Sports: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has set his sights on 'one or two' new players during the January transfer window. A poor first half to the season means Villa are facing a battle to retain their Premier League status and their cause has been hampered by a lengthy injury list.
BBC Sport: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert expects to complete the signing of no more than two players this month. Villa are only one point above the relegation zone and have relied on a host of youngsters this season.
Sky Sports: Paul Lambert has revealed he wants to add to his Aston Villa side during the January transfer window, but not at the expense of putting the club 'into major debt'. Lambert's men have suffered a string of recent defeats, conceding 17 goals in their last four league matches, and currently sit only one point above the league's bottom three.
ESPN: Paul Lambert says he has had sleepless nights after the "hurt and embarrassment" of Aston Villa's Capital One Cup humbling by League Two Bradford City. Four days on from the 3-1 semi-final first leg defeat at Valley Parade, Villa are preparing for an even more crucial assignment at home to Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.
ESPN: Aston Villa will have to repeat history if they are to overturn their shock two-goal deficit and beat Bradford City to a place in the Wembley final of the Capital One Cup. Nineteen seasons ago Ron Atkinson's side lost by the same score in the first leg of their semi-final at Tranmere in the same competition, only to edge through in the return and then overcome Manchester United 3-1 in the final.
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