By Dan Harrison
Paul Lambert has praised 'Mr Reliable' Matt Lowton as the former Sheffield United man prepares to step in and solve Villa's central defensive problems.
Lowton could switch from right-back to centre-back for today's clash against Norwich City, with Nathan Baker [ankle], Ciaran Clark [knee] and long-term casualty Richard Dunne [groin] all nursing injuries.
The 23-year-old stepped across to partner Ron Vlaar in the centre at Fulham last weekend after Baker was forced off during the 1-0 defeat.
And manager Lambert has no qualms about asking him to do it again.
The Villa boss highlighted Lowton's versatility and consistency as key attributes.
"He did really fine at Fulham," said Lambert.
"He is consistent, Matty, but we will see what happens on Saturday.
"You know what you're going to get with him, that is the big thing with Matty.
"He is consistent, he very rarely has an off day which is great considering where he's come from.
"We just saw him and thought he may be able to do it and because he can do it that is a bonus if you can get somebody like that who can play in different positions.
"If the two lads are not fit somebody else will come in and we give them the opportunity to go in and perform. That is the way I view it."
Lambert admits Baker could be sidelined for several weeks although Clark's injury is less serious.
"I think Nathan will be a few weeks but Ciaran will hopefully be back quicker than that," he added.
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