Premier League - Villa dealt Benteke injury blow

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is set to miss "four to six weeks" with a hip injury sustained in a game against Norwich.

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Premier League - Villa dealt Benteke injury blow

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Christian Benteke, left, was forced off early at Carrow Road on Saturday

Manager Paul Lambert confirmed the striker's injury, suffered during the weekend win over Norwich, following Tuesday night's 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Tottenham.

But while the Belgium international is set to miss at least a month, it is a prognosis that is not as bad as first suggested.

"Paul Lambert confirms Christian Benteke will be out for four-six weeks," Villa announced on their Twitter page. "Better news than he first feared. #AVFC."

Villa were well beaten on Tuesday night in Benteke's absence, with summer signing Libor Kozak - who scored the winner at Norwich - handed a start in his place.

Following the news, Lambert said: "It is not as bad as we feared it was going to be. Maybe four, five, six weeks or so.

"The medical people give you the best and worst case scenario. You are never quite sure until you hear from the professor.

"Thankfully it is not too serious. It has got a lot better and he is feeling a lot better and the international break certainly helps us."

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