The 23-year-old underwent scans in hospital to ascertain the extent of the rupture and worst suspicions were confirmed, meaning surgery and a lengthy lay-off. His agent Kismet Eris was understood to be flying in to Birmingham to be by his side.
Benteke tore his left Achilles during the Thursday morning training session while kicking a ball at goal. It is understood he was in great pain and immediately knew the severity. This is the first major injury in his career and the operation to repair the damage is not expected to be complicated.
The Aston Villa Coach Paul Lambert told journalists that “It’s a terrible blow both for Christian and for the club. 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.”