Lambert and Villa face striker crisis

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert faces a striker crisis ahead of his side's Barclays Premier League clash with bottom club Fulham.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert

Christian Benteke is expected to be sidelined for up to six months after suffering a serious Achilles tendon injury in training on Friday, while Gabby Agbonlahor is battling to recover from a sickness bug.

Nathan Baker has recovered from the foot injury which sidelined him in last week's 4-1 defeat at Old Trafford, while Karim El Ahmadi is also set to return to contention after a thigh strain.

Provisional squad: Guzan, Steer, Clark, Baker, Luna, Vlaar, Bennett, Lowton, Bertrand, Bacuna, Albrighton, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Delph, Sylla, Tonev, Holt, Helenius, Weimann, Agbonlahor.



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