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Wednesday media watch [18.12.13 AM]: Defender given boost

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Wednesday media watch [18.12.13 AM]: Defender given boost

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

Birmingham Mail: Jores Okore has given Villa a boost by revealing he could return from a serious knee injury ahead of schedule before the end of the season. Okore has not kicked a ball for the claret and blues since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in the home defeat to Newcastle in September.

Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert is proud of how his players cope with adversity and insists Villa will just dust themselves down after their latest Premier League defeats. Villa visit Stoke on Saturday on the back of successive losses to Fulham and Manchester United after a five-game unbeaten run was ended.

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BBC Sport: Sunderland progressed to the semi-final of the Capital One Cup with a thrilling extra-time victory over Chelsea.

BBC Sport: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero could be out of action for up to eight weeks, says manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Mirror: Jermain Defoe was persuaded to join Toronto - after a phone call from rap mega-star Drake.

Mirror: Emmanuel Adebayor has been welcomed in from the cold after his exile under Andre Villas-Boas.

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

By @AVFCOfficial 18th December 2013
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