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.