Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists they can cope without the injured Christian Benteke.

With Benteke battling to be fit for Saturday's Barclays Premier League showdown with Manchester City, Lambert insists this is the right time for his other players to steal the headlines.

Lambert said: "Football isn't a one-man game - if that was the case I'd play Christian by himself.

"I need everybody. That's what I've always said. If Christian does go down for a while and is injured then you want the others to step up, and that's what I'll be hoping for."