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Villa v Man City: Bacuna backs forwards to fill Benteke void

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Villa v Man City: Bacuna backs forwards to fill Benteke void

By Cameron Sinclair

Leandro Bacuna is confident Villa will not miss striker Christian Benteke too much after the Belgian was ruled out with a hip flexor injury.

Paul Lambert confirmed that Benteke will be out of action for four to six weeks, but Bacuna believes that the club's other strikers are more than capable of stepping up.

"Of course he's a big player for the team, but we have other strikers also here as well," said the Dutchman. 

"He's important for us but we have other good strikers. We have confidence in the other strikers.

"I think the other strikers will do well so we do not depend on Christian. He's really important, so we'll miss him but we'll just keep going and show ourselves."

Bacuna was one of the standout players in Tuesday's Capital One Cup tie against Tottenham.

Despite being disappointed with the result, he insists the team will quickly move on.

"I think we deserved better," he added. 

"It wasn't a 4-0 game. We played well and did better in the second half.

"We were a little bit unlucky. We will keep going. We will look at the game and of course we will discuss it. But we will be starting again on Saturday."

The former FC Groningen ace has had a tough start to life in English football and Saturday will be no different with the visit of high-flying Manchester City.

But the step up in quality is something that the utility man is relishing.

"The Premier League is a higher tempo and more quality," he said. 

"You need to step up to the game. In the beginning I had to get used to it. I came here because of the strength and quality of the league.

"For me it was a good choice. I need to step up my game and to show that I am a good player.

"It's really nice I like to play for Aston Villa, I want to do really well for the club.

"I feel good and for me it was a good choice to come here."

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By @AVFCOfficial 26th September 2013
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