Aston Villa's Christian Benteke "not too far" from comeback

Christian Benteke of Aston Villa celebrates after scoring a goal to level the scores at 1-1 during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on August 21, 2013
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Paul Lambert reveals that Christian Benteke is "not too far" from making his Aston Villa return, but believes that Saturday's clash against Chelsea is too soon for him.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has revealed that Christian Benteke may return to the fold after this weekend's match against Chelsea.

The 23-year-old has been out of action since suffering an Achilles injury around five months ago.

The Belgium international returned to training last week, but Lambert believes that Saturday's trip to Stamford Bridge will be too early for the forward.

"I'm not sure if [the Chelsea game] might be a bit early, but you're looking not too far after that I think," the club's official website quotes Lambert as saying.

"He has trained this past week with no ill effects. He will train again this week. We will see how he is, but he's not too far now."

Benteke has scored 29 goals since his arrival from Genk in 2012.

Aston Villa's Zaire-born Belgian striker Christian Benteke jumps to score their first goal during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Norwich City at Villa Park in Birmingham on March 2, 2014
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