Belgian striker out for six weeks

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After sustaining a hip injury against Norwich on Saturday, Christian Benteke will face six weeks on the sidelines - ruling him out until November.

Despite the lengthy lay-off, the injury is not as bad as the Aston Villa boss feared. Manager Paul Lambert confirmed the news of the scan:

"The medical people give you the best and worst-case scenario," said Lambert.

"You are never quite sure until you hear from the [doctor].

"Thankfully it is not too serious. Maybe four, five, six weeks or so."

Six weeks on the sidelines would mean Benteke misses games against Manchester City, Hull City, Tottenham and Everton; as well as Belgium's World Cup qualifiers against Croatia and Wales.

Benteke is set to be replaced by Aston Villa strikers Nicklas Helenius and Libor Kozak - two of Paul Lambert's summer signings. Villa also have Andreas Weimann and Gabby Agbonlahor who can play as a centre forward.

Benteke has been a revelation for Aston Villa since signing in August 2012 for £7m. He has scored 23 goals in 39 league appearances for the Birmingham club, as well as five goals in six cup appearances.

The Belgian was expected to leave Aston Villa this summer, attracting interest from big clubs around Europe. Despite handing in a transfer request, Benteke signed a new contract with the Villans, keeping him at the club until 2017.

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