Thursday media watch [07.02.12 PM]: Dawkins relishing chance
Express and Star: Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner today vowed to come "back with a bang" when he eventually returns from a knee ligament injury. The 20-year-old had an operation in August after he sustained the injury in a Premier League Under-21 game back in August and could be in a position to return late next month.
Express and Star: Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke today insisted that he can play alongside on-loan West Brom forward Romelu Lukaku for the Belgium national team. Benteke was replaced by Lukaku for the second-half of Belgium's 2-1 win over Slovakia in the Jan Breydel stadium in Bruges last night.
ClubCall: Aston Villa newcomer Simon Dawkins can't wait to get going after joining the club on loan from Tottenham on deadline day. The 25-year-old is set to make his Villa Park debut against West Ham on Sunday and the prospect of playing in front of the club's vocal supporters is one which appeals to him greatly.
ClubCall: Paul Lambert has told his players winning is more important than performances as he bids to keep Aston Villa in the Premier League. The Villa boss is convinced his team are good enough to beat the drop but after slipping into the bottom three, the Scot is ready to do whatever it takes to grind out points.
Sky Sports: Aston Villa new boy Simon Dawkins is looking forward to sampling the Villa Park atmosphere this weekend. The 25-year-old midfielder, a product of the Tottenham academy, agreed a loan move from the rival Premier League club on deadline day.
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