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Benteke in contention for Villa game against Sunderland

Benteke could be fit for Villa's match against Sunderland. Credit: PA

Christian Benteke is set to return for Aston Villa's crunch relegation clash with Sunderland.

The striker missed the weekend's 2-0 FA Cup quarter final win over West Brom with a hip injury but will be in the squad for the trip to the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Villa are a place above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone and a point behind the Black Cats ahead of the game with Benteke looking to return.

Boss Tim Sherwood said: "He's still feeling it. He'll be in the squad, we'll give him as much time as we can to get him fit, but we changed it around and the boys came in did well.

"We're not always looking for one guy. It's a team effort, we have to attack together and defend together. There is no onus on one person to score the goals.

"I don't think Christian feels the pressure, it doesn't look like it.

"All I need to know is when he'll be back fit and he's got an opportunity to be fit for this weekend."


Aston Villa issue statement on pitch invasion

Aston Villa have issued a statement on today's pitch invasion after beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at Villa Park to reach the FA Cup semi-finals.

Aston Villa issue statement on pitch invasion. Credit: PA

The club does not condone supporters invading the field of play under any circumstances.

We are very disappointed that what should have been a very memorable and proud moment for our fans was marred by the actions of those who could not control themselves.

They have let both themselves and their club down.

The club extends its sincere apologies to the Football Association, the West Bromwich Albion directors, manager Tony Pulis and all his staff and players.

– Aston Villa statement
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Reports: Fabian Delph 'bitten' by overexcited fans

There are reports that Villa goalscorer Fabian Delph was bitten by fans during the pitch invasion, following today's FA Cup clash against West Bromwich Albion.

"My armband got nicked, someone got my left boot, but I could appreciate the relief the fans are feeling after a result like that. It was dangerous. Someone tried to take my boot off. People tried to kiss me and were biting me. It was scary."

– Fabian Delph, quoted in the Telegraph
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