Lambert: Benteke’s return is a huge boost for the club

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert reckons Christian Benteke’s return from injury will be great for the club.

The Belgian striker returned to action in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City after rupturing an achilles. 

And the former Norwich boss is hoping the 23-year old will be back to his goal scoring best sooner rather than later.

Lambert said: ”He played half an hour. It is great for the club, his team-mates and himself to get back playing.

“There were little glimpses there that he will be back to his best soon.”

The Villains will welcome the goalscoring abilities that Benteke can bring to the side following their defeat.

Lambert’s side looked set to hold the Premier League Champions until the 82nd minute when Yaya Toure broke the deadlock.

Sergio Aguero then flattered the Citizens with a later second, but Lambert felt his side did themselves proud.

He added: “For 82 minutes we were in it and Kieran [Richardson] had a really good chance after they hit the post. That is how tight it is.

“When you play against these sides, if you get a chance you have to take it.

“For 82 minutes, the lads were excellent, they did really well, but the two lads that scored the goals are top players themselves.”