Live updates

Aston Villa's Christian Benteke ruled out for at least six months with injury

Benteke has scored 10 league goals for Aston Villa this season
Benteke has scored 10 league goals for Aston Villa this season Credit: Barrington Coombs/EMPICS Sport

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke will undergo surgery on a ruptured Achilles' tendon which will rule him out for at least six months.

The Belgian striker suffered the injury in training and will miss the World Cup as well as the start of next season.

Manager Paul Lambert said: “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.”

Benteke scored 19 Premier League goals in 34 appearances last season for Villa but had struggled for form this season - at one point going 12 games without a goal.

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke out for the season

Benteke is expected to be ruled out for up to eight months
Benteke is expected to be ruled out for up to eight months Credit: PA Wire

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has suffered a season-ending injury which has ruled him out for up to eight months - according to reports in Belgium.

It is thought the Belgian tore his Achilles' tendon in training.

He will undergo a scan this evening with the club expected to confirm the injury tomorrow morning.

Advertisement

How Villa kept Benteke

Aston Villa have announced that striker Christian Benteke will remain at the club until 2017. In a u-turn, Benteke has withdrawn his transfer request and committed himself to stay at the club. He's how the manager and the player came to the agreement.

Paul Lambert's statement on Benteke...

"I had a full and frank discussion with Christian Benteke on his return to training this week regarding his future. It is my opinion that the best thing for Christian is to remain at Aston Villa. He enjoyed a terrific first season at the Club and can use that as a platform to hopefully enjoy more success this season. I'm delighted, having time to re-evaluate his future, Christian has decided to commit to the Club. It's a huge bonus and I'm sure the supporters are every bit as delighted as me to have him on board and raring to go."

– Paul Lambert, Aston Villa Manager

Benteke's take on his decision to stay at Villa...

"I spoke with the Manager when I returned to training and we had a good talk. I am very happy to be back here in Birmingham and at Aston Villa, and to sign a new contract. This is a great Club and it has given me a lot. Now I have to give back to my teammates and the fans who have always been right behind me. The end of last season was very good and the lads were very strong. It was not easy but we came through it and the confidence is high. So everyone knows what we have to do now - be better. I need to be better than last year."

– Christian Benteke, Aston Villa striker

Advertisement

Advertisement

Today's top stories