Report: Fitness boost for Benteke, but key issue remains

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is reportedly fit to play for Belgium.

The Birmingham Mail has reported that Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is set to be fit to play for Belgium during the international break.

The forward suffered a hip injury during the weekend defeat against Swansea, but is reportedly close to shaking off the problem.

However, the paper suggests that the big centre forward is yet to train with the Belgian national side, which creates a big worry for Villa manager Tim Sherwood.

That worry relates to the way Benteke could be used by Belgium coach Marc Wilmots and the idea that he could be thrown into the side prematurely.

In that case, Villa and Sherwood need to trust the player that he won’t push too hard and risk the injury coming back if he does play for his country.

The stakes are extremely high at the moment for Villa and what they need to get them out of trouble is a consistent striker doing the business up front.

Benteke is the central figure in Aston Villa’s attack and they need him to lead from the front if they are going to make it to mathematical safety in the Premier League.

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