24 year-old Czech Republic and Aston Villa striker Libor Kozak has been ruled out for the rest of the season, after breaking his leg.
The Czech target-man has proved popular with supporters of the Villains, since his £6m summer arrival from Lazio. Since departing Rome, Kozak has netted four times in fourteen appearances for the Birmingham-based club.
Benteke returned to the first team on New Year's Day, when he partnered Gabriel Agbonlahor in attack, as Villa came out on top in a clash against struggling Sunderland.
Former Lazio and Brescia man Kozak will undergo surgery today, as he begins his rehabilitation.
The injury was confirmed by Aston Villa via an official statement on the club website on Thursday evening, which stated: "Regretfully, he will play no further part this season."
Kozak's absence is likely to force under-pressure Paul Lambert to move for a new front-man, as his side have struggled for goals this campaign, scoring just nineteen goals in twenty games.
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