Aston Villa's Christian Benteke "pushing for a start" against Everton

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Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert suggests that Christian Benteke could return to first-team action against Everton on Saturday.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has claimed that Christian Benteke is "pushing" for a starting spot in this Saturday's Premier League match against Everton.

The Belgium international has not featured for the Midlands since April after he suffered a ruptured Achilles injury.

Over the international break, the 23-year-old has been building up his fitness and Lambert has hinted that the forward could return to action against the Toffees at Goodison Park.

"Christian is pushing to start," Sky Sports News quotes Lambert as saying. "I said at the time that the international break would come at a good time for him, because that gave him another couple of weeks to train with the team.

"We had a [behind-closed-doors] game here against Leicester that he scored in so that gave him a lift as well."

Villa have lost their last three league games.

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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