Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert admits he is focused on Man City ahead of Spurs Capital One Cup clash

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is focusing on the Premier League. Photo: PA

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has admits Saturday's Premier League game with Man City is his priority as he prepares to face Spurs in the Capital One Cup.

Lambert is likely to rest a number of his star names for the knockout tie after a gruelling start to the season which is due to continue at the weekend against Manuel Pellegrini's in-form side.

Christian Benteke is almost certain to sit out after suffering a shoulder injury in last Saturday's 1-0 win at Norwich, with his replacement and goalscorer Libor Kozak pushing for a start.

Gabriel Agbonlahor and Antonio Luna could also be rested after returning from injury issues against the Canaries, with Lambert acknowledging his side's tough start to the season has taken its toll.

Lambert told his club's official website: "We've played really hard teams in this opening spell - three teams you think will be round about there in Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, and now we've got two more tough ones.

"The main one is Saturday but we'll do our best to get through the Tottenham tie."

Lambert named a relatively strong side for the 3-0 win over Rotherham in the last round but is conscious of keeping his first-choice stars fresh with the big City game approaching.

Other changes are expected to see Jed Steer once again replacing Brad Guzan in goal, while Nicklas Helenius and Yacouba Sylla could step into the starting-line up after being substitutes at the weekend.

Of particular concern to Lambert will be the fitness of Agbonlahor and Luna, who played against the Canaries despite only training for part of last week, and are unlikely to be risked again so soon.

Lambert added: "Gabby only trained for the latter part of the week, as did Antonio Luna. These are two big players for us, and they wanted to give it a go."