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Villa blow as Benteke set to miss six

Aston Villa have been dealt a major blow with news that star striker Christian Benteke is set to be sidelined for up to six weeks.

The 22-year old Belgian striker, who has netted four Premier League goals already this season, limped off the Carrow Road pitch in the first half of Saturday's 1-0 win over Norwich City with a hip injury.

Scans since have revealed that the damage is not too severe after Villa initially suggested Benteke could be out for months but that has been downgraded to weeks by manager Paul Lambert.

"It is not as bad as we feared it was going to be," said Lambert after Villa's 4-0 Capital One Cup loss to Tottenham on Tuesday night.

"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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