Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has been ruled out for six months due to a ruptured Achilles tendon and will miss Belgium's World Cup campaign.
Confirmation of Benteke's setback came from his club on Thursday evening, after he underwent a scan having suffered the injury in an earlier training session.
In a statement on Villa's website, 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."
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