Oct 20, 2013 at 4pm UK at ​Villa Park
Aston Villa
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Westwood (9'), Agbonlahor (58'), Delph (92')
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Paul Lambert hopeful over Christian Benteke fitness

Lambert hopeful over Benteke fitness
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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert hints that Christian Benteke could return from a hip injury for Sunday's Premier League encounter with Tottenham Hotspur.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has suggested that Christian Benteke could return to the side for Sunday's Premier League encounter with Tottenham Hotspur.

The striker has been out of action since September 21 when he suffered a hip injury against Norwich City.

However, the 22-year-old was named on the bench for Belgium's World Cup qualifier against Wales on Tuesday night.

"He must have been fit enough to go on the bench, or they wouldn't have done that," Lambert told BBC Sport.

"He's been in dialogue with our medical people. He's doing well and felt good.

"He was training Sunday and Monday with the national team. We trust Christian to come back and then see how he feels and judge from there."

Benteke is Villa's top scorer this season with five goals in all competitions.

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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