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Villa boss Lambert: Benteke will be "bigger and stronger" after injury

Benteke is set to be out for six months following an achilles injury Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has said striker Christian Benteke will come back "bigger and stronger" from his achilles injury.

The Belgian is out for the rest of the season and will miss this summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.

Benteke is due to have an operation today before going to spend time with his family.

Lambert has promised the club will support Benteke through his rehabilitation process:

"The main thing is getting him back stronger.

"It's a nasty, nasty injury. But he will bounce back. He will come back bigger and stronger."