Christian Benteke, Libor Kozak nearing return to fitness for Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says that he expects Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak to be fit within the next few weeks.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has revealed that both Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak are progressing well in their return from injuries.

Benteke was forced to miss the World Cup after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon in training back in April, while Kozak broke his leg in January.

"I don't put a time limit on it because their two injuries were really bad," Sky Sports News quotes Lambert as saying.

"But Christian has started jogging outside, so he is doing well. Libor is doing great. So a few weeks I think. What will help us certainly will be the international break."

Villa will begin the new season away against Stoke City on Saturday.

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