Villa boss Lambert delighted to have Benteke back in action

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert was delighted to have Christian Benteke in his line-up for last night's friendly defeat to Luton Town.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert was delighted to have Christian Benteke in his line-up for last night's friendly defeat to Luton Town.

It was Benteke's first appearance since he signed his new contract.

Lambert told AVTV: "It was just another fitness thing tonight. Luton did really fine against us.

"The pleasing thing was Christian being back. Some of his touches were brilliant.

"He had 45 minutes. He's only done a bit of training. He's still got to work on match fitness but that 45 minutes will do him the world of good."

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