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Villa dealt Benteke injury blow

Birmingham, England ( - Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has been ruled out of action for six months after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon, the Premier League club revealed Thursday.

Benteke suffered the injury in training with a scan later on Thursday confirming of the severity. The 23-year-old will miss the remainder of the season as well as Belgium's World Cup campaign.

"It's a terrible blow both for Christian and for the club," Villa manager Paul Lambert said. "He will miss the rest of the season, obviously, and also the World Cup. But he'll work hard because that's what he does and he'll come back for us stronger than ever next season."

04/03 14:30:02 ET

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