Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood may be hoping that star forward Christian Benteke won’t play for Belgium during the international break because of a hip problem.
The striker took a painkiller during the narrow defeat against Swansea City and it remains to be seen whether he will be used in Belgium’s next two international games.
Whether he pulls through and is declared fit or not, there is an argument to suggest that Benteke will be the club’s biggest beneficiary of the next two weeks.
If he’s not fit enough to play and is subsequently sent back to Villa Park to recover, Sherwood will be delighted.
He’ll be delighted because there is no chance of any problem developing and getting worse and it would mean a better chance of him being fresh and raring to go for the upcoming game against Manchester United.
Benteke is a vital part of the Villa attack and they look like a much more imposing and intimidating team when he is in the side and playing well.
However, Sherwood’s message to any player away from the club who will see game time is going to be the same; stay committed and go all out to maintain your form.
Benteke has three goals in his last three games for Villa and if he’s fit then it’s a great chance for him to maintain the form and momentum he’s been showing in recent weeks.
What Belgium can’t do is toy with his fitness and take unnecessary risks, which come at the expense of the club side that pays his wages and depends on him.
Villa are at a vital point in their Premier League season and Benteke is going to have a big say if the club are going to stay in the Premier League.