Wednesday media watch [11.12.13 AM]: Westwood backed
Birmingham Mail: Chris Herd has been backed to fill Ron Vlaar's boots at the heart of Villa's defence during the captain's injury-enforced spell on the sidelines. Herd came in from the cold for his first competitive appearance in more than 11 months in Sunday's 2-0 Premier League defeat to Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Birmingham Mail: Ashley Westwood has received words of encouragement from Stiliyan Petrov, who has been there, done it and worn the Villa shirt when it comes to being an unsung midfield hero. Petrov admits that much of Westwood's "dirty work" for Paul Lambert's claret and blues can go unnoticed as he adds security in a holding role in front of the defence.
Goal.com: Stiliyan Petrov believes Ashley Westwood is Aston Villa's unsung hero and insists the midfielder's influence should not be underestimated. Westwood has started 13 of Villa's 15 Premier League games so far in his second Premier League season following a move from Crewe Alexandra last summer.
Best Of The Rest
BBC Sport: Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini seemed not to realise his team were one goal away from claiming top spot in Champions League Group D during their 3-2 win over Bayern Munich.
Guardian: Steven Gerrard hopes to return for Liverpool in four weeks having been ruled out of the club's demanding festive programme with a hamstring injury.
Daily Express: Monaco are set to test Manchester City's resolve to hold onto Belgian defender Vincent Kompany in January by making a £17m offer for the player's services.
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