Benteke out for up to six weeks

Tom J Doyle
September 24, 2013
Lambert: Tottenham was never going to get Benteke

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has revealed that striker Christian Benteke's injury will keep him sidelined for between four and six weeks.

The Belgium international limped out midway through the second half of the Villans' 1-0 victory at Norwich City on Saturday and missed his side's 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Tottenham on Tuesday. The 22-year-old Benteke slipped while stretching for a ball and appeared to injure his groin, being immediately replaced by Libor Kozak, who scored the eventual game-winning goal.

Despite the news, Lambert confirmed to reporters after the cup defeat that the injury is not as bad as it could have been.

"It is not as bad as we feared it was going to be. Maybe four, five, six weeks or so," Lambert said. "The medical people give you the best- and worst-case scenario. You are never quite sure until you hear from the professor.

"Thankfully it is not too serious. It has got a lot better and he is feeling a lot better, and the international break certainly helps us."