Christian Benteke named in Aston Villa squad to face Manchester City

Christian Benteke
Benteke missed the World Cup in Brazil because of his Achilles injury

Christian Benteke could make his return from injury this weekend after he was named in Aston Villa's squad for Saturday's game against Manchester City.

The 23-year-old striker has been out since April with a ruptured Achilles.

He returned to training two weeks ago and scored on his return for Villa's under-21 side on Monday.

"I'll let him go for it when he's out there," promised Villa boss Paul Lambert. "He deserves it."

Talking about Benteke's injury and losing fellow striker Libor Kozak earlier this year, Lambert added: "I heard Benteke's injury when it happened, I heard the snap from where I was standing, I knew it was a major one but it wasn't just that, it was losing Libor Kozak as well with a broken leg.

"With losing Benteke you've lost two strikers, your number nines are out."

Christian Benteke
Born: DR Congo, 3 December 1990
Clubs: Standard Liege 2009-2011, Kortrijk (loan) 2009-10, Mechelen (loan) 2010-11, Genk 2011-12, Aston Villa 2012-present

"That was the problem. The start we've made has been really good but we've done it without a number nine."

Lambert's side started the season with three wins and a draw but have since lost their last two matches, both 3-0, at home to Arsenal and away at Chelsea.

On Saturday evening, they host a City side who won their last Premier League match 4-2 at Hull but were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Belgium international Benteke was their top scorer last season and has scored 34 goals in 67 games for the West Midlands club since joining them in August 2012.

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