Benteke could return at Sunderland

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says striker Christian Benteke could make his comeback against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on New Year's Day.

The 23-year-old Belgian scored 23 goals in all competitions last season - including a hat-trick against the Black Cats in April - but has missed Villa's past three games with a knee injury and has not scored for them since September.

Lambert believes his players feel less pressure away from home, and says he is surprised to see Sunderland struggling at the foot of the Premier League table.

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