November 25th, 2013
During Belgium’s friendly match against Colombia, Christian Benteke picked up a knee injury that saw him leaving the playing ground on November 14th which forced him to be absent during his national team’s friendly encounter against Japan and still not certain if he will be available to play in Aston Villa’s upcoming Premier League match against West Bromwich.
Although the medical staff of Belgium did however notify Paul Lambert and said that the injury is not as bad as initially suspected and Benteke is expected to make a full recovery just in time for the Premier League.
Taking into consideration that Christian Benteke is Aston Villa’s main goal-scoring player it will be a big blow if they have to cope without him in such important matches of the league.
Last season Aston Villa’s Andreas Weimann managed to scored 7 goals for his club while in this new season he is going through a dry run after only finding the back of the net in 1 occasion out of 10 appearances.
Even failing to make any kind of impact for his national team after 3 World Cup matches for Austria but he did say that the only thing he needs to boost his performances is 1 goal and from there on out everything changes.
“If I get one goal, I feel I can go on a run. I certainly have that mindset. It can set you off. Your confidence starts to rise and you feel you can’t miss.”
“I will start scoring soon. I know it. I am not worried. I am getting in the right positions.”
So far in this season Aston Villa has conceded 12 goals and scored 11 goals, so it would be very appreciated if Weimann can boost their tally of goals and get into higher spots of the Premier League.
September 30th, 2013
Aston Villa have been dealt a blow with the news that striker Christian Benteke will miss the next few weeks due to an injury. The Belgian international suffered a hip injury during the 1-0 win over Norwich. This victory helped bring a run of three consecutive defeats for the team, while also helping them move closer to the top half of the table. Benteke is currently the top scorer in the division with four goals to his name already. Aston Villa went to great lengths to keep him at the club after he handed in a transfer request in the summer.
Manager Paul Lambert, though, has said that he is quite satisfied with the news that Benteke has always injury at the stage where the next two seasons will be dedicated to international matches. This means that the injury blow will be softened a lot for the team. Villa have a number of players on the injury table and the sooner they get Benteke back from this layoff will be better for Lambert and his men. The likes of Gabriel Agbonlahor, Gary Gardner, Charles N’Zogbia and Ashley Westwood for on the sidelines for the club, which narrowly avoided relegation last season.
Villa will be hoping for a much better campaign where they could finish in the top half this season.
“It’s not as bad as we feared it was going to be. It’s maybe four, five, six weeks or so. You have that international break which certainly helps us. But he’s feeling a lot better to be fair. We will have to wait and see. We spoke to the medical people before and they give the best and worst case scenarios. You are never quite sure until you hear from the professor to find out how it is,” said Lambert.
July 29th, 2013
Aston Villa recently managed to convince striker Christian Benteke to extend his spell at the club. The Belgian striker was signed from Genk only last summer for £ 7 million, but an impressive season in the Premier league has led to him being linked with every big club in England. Chelsea and Tottenham have been linked with a £ 25 million move for his services. The striker handed a transfer request to Aston Villa after just one season at the club. He still had three more years left on his contract that he signed upon his arrival.
However, manager Paul Lambert managed to convince him to stay at Aston Villa because it is a crucial time that could determine his passage into the 2014 World Cup. Belgium are currently one of the favourites to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. Lambert has said that Benteke will struggle to get into the Belgian squad if he does not play regularly in the coming season. He has said that the prospect of regular first-team opportunities is good only at Aston Villa. The striker scored close to 20 goals for the club last season as he helped them avoid relegation.
His huge physical presence has made him a force to reckon with in the Premier league.
“He’s not even at his peak yet. But he has quickly become a cult hero. The big thing for him is to go out and try to do what he did last year,” said the manager after the player signed a new four-year contract with the club. Benteke revealed that he has decided to extend his Aston Villa stay after extensive conversations with Lambert. He has also said that he is extremely thankful of the Aston Villa players and fans, who have been supportive of him in the last one year.