Aston Villa confirm Christian Benteke out for six months with Achilles injury

Christian Benteke of Aston Villa celebrates after scoring a goal to level the scores at 1-1 during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on August 21, 2013
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Aston Villa confirm that striker Christian Benteke is ruled out for six months with an Achilles injury.

Aston Villa have confirmed that striker Christian Benteke will miss the rest of the season and the World Cup with Belgium due to an Achilles injury.

Reports emerged this afternoon claiming that the 23-year-old had ruptured his Achilles in training this week.

Now, the Premier League club have announced that Benteke will undergo surgery, which will put him on the sidelines for Villa's remaining seven games and Belgium's World Cup campaign in Brazil.

Manager Paul Lambert told the club's official website: "It's a terrible blow both for Christian and for the club.

"He will miss the rest of the season, obviously, and also the World Cup, but he'll work hard because that's what he does and he'll come back for us stronger than ever next season."

The Midlands outfit are currently eight points above the relegation zone in 12th place.

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