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Tuesday media watch [08.04.14 PM]: Holt determined
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8th Apr 2014
Tuesday media watch [08.04.14 PM]: Holt determined


*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

Clubcall: Grant Holt says he will do his best to cover for the injured Christian Benteke at Aston Villa but admits he has "big boots to fill". Benteke has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an Achilles injury so Holt, who joined Villa on loan from Wigan in January, is finally going to get a chance to impress for Paul Lambert's side. He made a decent start by scoring in the 2-1 defeat to Fulham on Saturday and the 32-year-old hopes he can fill in well for Benteke in the six Premier League games left this season.

Express & Star: Grant Holt today vowed he will prove his worth as Christian Benteke's Villa replacement. The striker bagged his first goal for the claret and blues in Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Fulham after being charged with filling the boots of Belgium ace Benteke. Villa's 11-goal top scorer was ruled out of the World Cup after rupturing his Achilles last week and is unlikely to play again much before Christmas. Holt knows he has to convince the doubters but will look to lighten the load of losing Benteke.

Sky Sports: Grant Holt admits he has 'big boots to fill' as he covers for Christian Benteke, but is looking forward to the challenge. Aston Villa have lost top marksman Benteke to an Achilles injury which has ended his season and dashed his World Cup dream. His absence leaves a sizeable void in Villa's attacking unit, with the burly Belgian having netted 34 times since completing a move to England in the summer of 2012. Loan star Holt was asked to step in for Saturday's home date with Fulham, and grabbed his first goal for the club in a 2-1 defeat. The 32-year-old, who will see out the season at Villa Park having made a switch from Wigan Athletic in January, believes he is capable of leading the line and intends to make the most of an unexpected opportunity back in the Premier League spotlight.

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BBC Sport: Manchester United manager David Moyes says he would be "mad" not to let Wayne Rooney play in Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Bayern Munich. There were concerns over the striker's fitness after he picked up a toe injury in the first leg, which ended 1-1. The 28-year-old trained on Tuesday and could play with an injection.

Sky Sports: Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will play against Bayern Munich on Wednesday even if it means having a pain-killing injection prior to the game, according to manager David Moyes. Rooney was rated doubtful for the UEFA Champions League quarter-final, second leg clash at the Allianz Arena after suffering a toe injury during the first meeting at Old Trafford last week.

BBC Sport: The Republic of Ireland will take on England in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in June next year. The teams met at Wembley in May 2013, and the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) said there was an agreement for a return game in Dublin.

*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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