Sport Christian Benteke

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has again turned to the continent in a bid to bolster his squad with in-form Genk striker Christian Benteke a leading target, Press Association Sport understands.

Papiss Demba Cisse scores stunner against Villa

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Aston Villa examine N'Zogbia injury

Aston Villa winger Charles N'Zogbia is to see a specialist today as he seeks to get to the root of a troublesome heel injury.

Darren Bent missed the game through injury

Aston Villa hopeful of Darren Bent return

Aston Villa are hopeful record signing Darren Bent will be back in contention for Saturday's clash at Chelsea, Press Association Sport understands.

Marc Wilson's header struck the underside of the bar before being scrambled away by Gabriel Agbonlahor

Stoke assistant keen on goal-line technology

Stoke assistant boss Dave Kemp threw his club's weight behind the introduction of goal-line technology introduced after they came within inches of grabbing victory against Aston Villa on Boxing Day.

Liverpool ease to comfortable victory at Villa Park

Aston Villa 0 Liverpool 2

Emile Heskey assured of Aston Villa role

Alex McLeish insists veteran striker Emile Heskey still has a major role to play at Aston Villa and that it would be "crazy" not to make use of his vast experience.

Football in Brief: Heskey in clear after tunnel fury

The Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey will face no disciplinary action in relation to his behaviour during Saturday's Premier League match with Wigan. The former England forward barged into referee Mike Jones during the first half at Villa Park and was cautioned.

Emile Heskey fortunate after row with referee

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Bent on target to be Villa's 20-goal hero, says Heskey

Darren Bent is being tipped to score 20 goals for Aston Villa next season.

Kelly believes Liverpool now have squad to mount challenge on two fronts

Liverpool defender Martin Kelly believes the squad are now better placed to cope with the dual demands of domestic and European football. Liverpool resume their Europa League season when they fly out to the Czech Republic today ahead of tomorrow's last-32 game against Sparta Prague.

Heskey comes to Houllier's rescue

Aston Villa 2 West Bromwich Albion 1

Capello's new favourite is just too old-fashioned

For the England management, the aftermath of Wednesday's sorry encounter with France soon became an exercise in straw-clutching. It was no surprise to hear which straw Fabio Capello grabbed most gratefully.

Toby Flood: Tackling Australia's terrifying trio is key to putting last week's defeat behind us

You realise you can't give their back three cheap ball or anything they can feed off

Allardyce not bitter towards Newcastle

Sam Allardyce insists he harbours no bitterness towards Newcastle despite claiming he was not given enough time at the club.

Aston Villa rocked by John Carew injury

Aston Villa have suffered a further injury blow with the news that striker John Carew, who had been set to deputise for Emile Heskey at Fulham this weekend, is now injured himself.

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