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 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.
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has confirmed Christian Benteke will be out for up to six weeks with a hip injury.
Villa lost at home 4-0 to Tottenham last night in the Capital One Cup.
Read more on Benteke's injury on the ITV Sport website.
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