Aston Villa confirm Benteke injury - no World Cup for Christian

Chris Brunskill

We've got confirmation of everything we feared.

Aston Villa have confirmed that Christian Benteke will be out at least six months due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. The forward injured himself in training on Thursday.

The injury means that Benteke will not only miss the remainder of the season, including tough games against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur to close out the year, but the 23-year-old will also miss out on going to the World Cup this summer with Belgium.

As for Villa, well, there's one small silver lining: at least it's highly unlikely Benteke will be transferred this summer. On the other hand, where the goals will come from, no one knows. Gabby Agbonlahor, who misses out on the Fulham match due to illness, hasn't scored since the Sunderland match that started off 2014. Andi Weimann scored against West Brom on January 29, but he certainly hasn't looked sharp as of late.

It may mean we'll at least have a chance to see Callum Robinson make his Premier League debut, while there's a chance Nicklas Helenius will be welcomed back from whatever purgatory he's been condemned to.

Or perhaps the entire goalscoring burden will be shifted to right-back Leandro Bacuna.

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