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Liverpool v Villa media watch: Lambert, Dunne and Bent in focus

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Liverpool v Villa media watch: Lambert, Dunne and Bent in focus

Daily Star: Paul Lambert claims it will take three years to turn Aston Villa's fortunes around - the same time Brendan Rodgers has predicted it will take him to make Liverpool great again.

Sporting Life: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is looking forward to having a fully fit Richard Dunne available before long after the centre-back underwent hip surgery in the United States.

The Sun: Richard Dunne's injury agony may be over after an op in the USA. The Aston Villa centre-back, 33, has not played this season after a recurrence of a hip injury.

Daily Mail: Darren Bent will miss Aston Villa's Premier League programme over Christmas. The striker has received the results from a scan and manager Paul Lambert has revealed that Bent is likely to be absent for up to four weeks.

Birmingham Mail: Villa will be without record signing Darren Bent for the rest of the year. The £24m striker has been ruled out for the festive programme with a hamstring injury sustained in the 4-1 midweek win at Norwich in the Capital One Cup.

Guardian: Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has been ruled out of the club's Christmas programme with a hamstring injury suffered during the midweek Capital One Cup game at Norwich, the club have confirmed.

Telegraph: Darren Bent's turbulent season at Aston Villa has suffered another setback after he was ruled out for the Christmas period with a hamstring injury.

Daily Mail: Paul Lambert believes Aston Villa will be challenging the top six again in two years time. Villa's boss has echoed the thoughts of managerial colleague Brendan Rodgers by saying that he needs three full seasons to re-build the Birmingham club.

Liverpool Echo: Liverpool Supporters Union 'Spirit of Shankly' are urging all home supporters to show their support for Stiliyan Petrov during today's game against Aston Villa at Anfield.

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BBC Sport: Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp says his players must give "blood, sweat and tears" if they are to end their poor run and climb the table.

Sky Sports: Manchester City have categorically denied reports that the club are set to buy an MLS franchise in New York.

BBC Sport: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says nets are not required at grounds to protect players, despite the object thrown at Rio Ferdinand which left him with a cut.

BBC Sport: Rafael Benitez says he would happily hand over the job of managing Chelsea to Pep Guardiola at the end of the season - as long as he has helped the club win trophies before then.

*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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By @AVFCOfficial 15th December 2012
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