Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has suffered an Achilles tendon injury in training today that looks almost certain to ruin his World Cup dream, plus the transfer plans of Premier League giants including Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
The Gunners are actively searching for recruits in attack and boss Arsene Wenger is widely believed to view Benteke as a forward capable of fighting with Olivier Giroud in the Premier League thanks to a swift transition to life in the Premier League with Villa.
Benteke scored 19 goals in his debut campaign at Villa Park and despite a lean period this term has favourable stats once again, scoring 10 times in 26 matches.
The 23-year-old's season has been cruelly cut short though, with the Birmingham Mail reporting that the target man will be out for several months with an Achilles problem which will almost definitely see him miss out on the chance to represent Belgium at this summer's World Cup.
Villa boss Paul Lambert will now have to the few remaining points Villa need to secure survival without their talisman in attack, although one silver lining to the disappointing news is that any potential transfer suitors will now be forced to look elsewhere this summer.
Achilles tendon injuries can take several months to heal, which means even if Arsenal or Spurs agreed a fee with Villa for their star man he would not pass a stringent medical before the summer transfer window slammed shut.