Paul Lambert: 'Reality of World Cup absence has set in for Christian Benteke'

Villa's Christian Benteke celebrates after scoring his second goal against Malaga during a friendly match on August 10, 2013
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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says that the reality of missing this summer's World Cup has set in for injured Christian Benteke.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has claimed that Christian Benteke has come to terms with the fact that he will miss this summer's World Cup in Brazil with an Achilles injury.

The Belgium international is expected to be on the sidelines for six months after rupturing his Achilles in training last week.

"I have spoken to him," Lambert told the club's official website. "The main thing is getting him back stronger. The football club will support him, which goes without saying. It will be a long rehab for him, and I think he knows that.

"The reality has probably sunk in now in terms of the World Cup tournament he will miss, but he is in a good generation so I don't think this will be the last tournament. It's six months. Some would come back quicker, others would take longer. Everyone heals differently."

The 23-year-old will undergo surgery today.

Grant Holt of Aston Villa (L) watches his effort on goal go past goalkeeper David Stockdale of Fulham during the Barclays Premier League match on April 5, 2014
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