Thursday media watch [26.09.13 PM]: Benteke injury boost
Sky Sports: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is hoping striker Christian Benteke will return to action sooner than originally anticipated from a hip injury. The Belgium international incurred the problem in Saturday's 1-0 win at Norwich and the original prognosis saw him ruled out for up to six weeks. But Lambert has issued an upbeat assessment on Benteke's condition and is hopeful he may be back in action for the home game with Everton on 26 October.
Sporting Life: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is hopeful star striker Christian Benteke could return quicker than initially diagnosed. Lambert confirmed on Tuesday Belgium international Benteke faced up to six weeks on the sidelines with a hip injury sustained during the first half of Villa's 1-0 win at Norwich on Saturday. Lambert has refused to put a timeframe on the positive prognosis, but the tentative suggestion is Benteke may return after next month's international break and the home game with Tottenham on October 20.
Clubcall: Aston Villa striker Libor Kozak says the best is yet to come despite scoring on just his second appearance for the club last weekend. The Czech striker joined from Italian side Lazio on transfer deadline day, putting pen-to-paper on a four-year deal at Villa Park. After making his debut against Newcastle on September 21, he came off the bench at Carrow Road last weekend and grabbed the only goal of the game to give Villa just their second win of the season.
Sky Sports: Aston Villa new boy Libor Kozak admits he still has to improve a lot as he prepares for an extended run in the side. Kozak, who joined Villa on transfer deadline day from Lazio, grabbed the winning goal in last weekend's victory at Norwich in only his second appearance for the club. The big striker is set to be handed the chance to nail down a regular place in Paul Lambert's side with Christian Benteke out for six weeks through injury and Kozak concedes he is still adapting to playing in the Premier League.
Clubcall: Winger Leandro Bacuna insists Aston Villa are not a one-man team and will cope without the injured Christian Benteke. Top scorer Benteke has been ruled out for six weeks with a hip injury sustained against Norwich last weekend. The Belgium international has been a revelation since signing from Genk last summer, scoring 19 Premier League goals in his first full season at Villa Park - as many as the club's other three senior strikers managed between them last campaign. The 22-year-old has begun this season in equally fine form, notching four of Villa's six Premier League goals to date. Despite that apparent reliance on Benteke for goals, summer signing Bacuna says he is confident the squad has enough quality to cope in his absence.
Sky Sports: Ron Vlaar believes his World Cup aspirations will boost his performances for Aston Villa as he looks to safeguard his place in the Holland squad. Holland became the first European team to book their place in Brazil next summer earlier this month with two games to spare. Villa captain Vlaar is determined to keep his place in Louis van Gaal's plans for the Dutch next summer and he believes the challenge to do that will have a positive effect for Villa.
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BBC Sport: Manchester United manager David Moyes insisted he will be a success at the club after steering his side to a League Cup win over Liverpool. Moyes, 50, replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford in the summer but has had a testing start, with his side in eighth place in the Premier League.
Sky Sports: Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre says the club are delighted to have Luis Suarez back in action and expects to start discussions with the Uruguay forward over a new contract at the end of the season. Suarez returned on Wednesday in the 1-0 Capital One Cup defeat at Manchester United from a 10-game suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, having previously served an eight-game ban for clashing with Patrice Evra.
BBC Sport: Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has backed Rickie Lambert to be in England's World Cup squad, if they qualify for Brazil 2014. England need to beat Montenegro and Poland to guarantee a place at next summer's finals.
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