Paul Lambert: 'It's a massive boost to have Christian Benteke back'

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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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert admits that it is a "massive boost" to see Christian Benteke return to training.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has revealed that it is a "massive boost" to see Christian Benteke close in on a comeback from injury.

Despite admitting his delight following the Belgian's recent return to training, Lambert has warned the striker that he faces a fight to earn a spot in the side.

"It's a massive boost," the Villa boss told reporters. "He's done all the work we've asked of him and there's been no adverse reaction.

"But we still have to be careful with him, and he knows he's going to have to work really hard to get back in the side right now."

Villa, who are yet to be beaten in the Premier League this season, face Arsenal on Saturday afternoon.

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger looks on during the English Premier League football match against Manchester United on August 28, 2011
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