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Benteke Ruled Out Of World Cup

Aston Villa have confirmed that their Belgian striker, Cristian Benteke, has been ruled out for the rest of the season and the World Cup after tearing his Achilles tendon.

The Belgium sustained the injury in training on Thursday and Villa released an official statement on their homepage revealing that the 23-year-old “will be out for a minimum of six months.”

"It's a terrible blow both for Christian and for the club,” saikd Villa manager, Paul Lambert.

"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 has scored 36 percent of Villa’s Premier League goals since joining Villa Park in 2012, and the news are a massive blow for Paul Lambert’s side, which are in 12th position but still in the relegation fight.

After impressing with 19 goals in his debut season, Benteke had experienced a more difficult spell this term. However, his recent form had picked up after a couple of smaller injuries and and contributed 11 goals. 

The news are also bad news for Belgium, whose talented squad are seen as dark horses for the World Cup. The strong striker  has scored six goals in 18 appearances for his country and was a strong contender for the centre-forward position in Marc Wilmots’ 4-3-3-1 formation, along with Romelu Lukaku.

Can Belgium still surprise at the World Cup? Have your say in the comment section below.

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