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Christian Benteke | Forward | #17

Team: Crystal Palace
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/3/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 183

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Crystal Palace forwards Alexander Sorloth and Christian Benteke are in contention for the derby with Brighton.
Benteke missed the club's 2-2 draw with Bournemouth last weekend after sustaining a groin injury in training. With Sorloth and Connor Wickham both out, Wilfried Zaha was left to play as a false No. 9 for Roy Hodgson's side. However, Benteke and Sorloth both took part in training on Thursday ahead of Saturday's derby and are face fitness tests on Friday with the hopes of being available on Saturday as the Eagles look to stave off relegation: "Sorloth trained for the first time today. Benteke has made enormous progress and trained for the first part. We hope he will train tomorrow," said the manager. You can never be sure if there will be a recurrence of an injury, but I trust the medical team." Apr 12 - 12:27 PM

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Christian Benteke became the latest Crystal Palace forward to suffer an injury and is now a doubt for the weekend.

Roy Hodgson could be left without a first-team forward against Bournemouth this weekend with Connor Wickham and Alexander Sorloth already ruled out for Palace and now faces a crisis in attack with Benteke pulling up with a groin injury in training this week. "Benteke limped off the training field feeling his groin so we won't know how well he is until the night passes and he comes in tomorrow morning and he will be assessed again. I asked the doctor to rate his chances and he is not prepared to and says we will have to wait and see tomorrow so if the doctor is not prepared to rate his chances then I can't possibly do so."
Apr 5 - 5:14 PM

After having been called out recently by manager Roy Hodgson, Christian Benteke broke out of a slump with a goal and an assist as Crystal Palace beat Leicester City handily, 0-3.

Easily Palace's finest result of the season to date and they did it against a Leicester side who had been red hot and they did it on the Foxes' ground. The Eagles opened the scoring in the 19th minute, when Andros Townsend sent a cross into the box and Benteke finished with a strong header. Twenty minutes later, Palace were on the counter and Benteke sent the ball through to a streaking Wilfried Zaha, with the latter slotting home. Any thoughts of a Leicester comeback was stamped out when they went down to ten men in the second half, but Bakary Sako managed to add another goal in the dying moments, curling a ball into the top corner after being teed up by Reuben-Loftus Cheek on yet another counter. After such a miserable start to their campaign, Palace have now gone seven unbeaten in league play.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 09:37:00 AM

Time may be running out on Christian Benteke's starting role atop Crystal Palace's formation as manager Roy Hodgson grows impatient.

The Crystal Palace manager suggested that his patience is running thin as the club's record signing has yet to score a Premier League goal this season. Given Bakary Sako's recent run of form, Hodgson indicated that Benteke may not have a starting spot for long during the festive period: "If the goals aren't coming he needs to be making certain he's making a good contribution to the team's play, both in terms of our attacking and our defensive play. We certainly can't afford to carry anybody, let alone carry a goalscorer that isn't scoring goals."
Source: Sky Sports
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 11:46:00 PM

Crystal Palace fans are holding onto hope that star forward Christian Benteke could return in the coming weeks.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed the club is hoping to have Benteke back in training during the current international break after missing the last seven weeks of the season with a knee injury. "We are also still without Christian Benteke and we will now see how he is after the international break. He has had medial ligament damage which was to see him out for six to eight weeks and we are now at week seven so and we are hoping he will be able to train fully with us during the international break."
Tue, Nov 7, 2017 12:40:00 PM

Christian Benteke is poised for an early return to action having been sidelined since September because of injury.

The Crystal Palace striker suffered knee ligament damage at Manchester City in game week six leaving the Eagles without a recognised forward following the departure of Loic Remy and Fraizer Campbell while Connor Wickham is still recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. The news follows quickly on from the return of Wilfried Zaha who helped orchestrate his sides first win on Saturday, a victory which Roy Hodgson hopes can be used as a platform to kickstart their season. Although the trip to Newcastle will come too soon, Benteke is targeting a return within a "few weeks" and could feature before the next international break. "The rehab is going really well and I'm feeling really happy with the way that my ligament is healing. I really want to help the team and do well this year to make sure I'm in the [World Cup] squad."
Source: Sky Sports
Wed, Oct 18, 2017 03:17:00 AM

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed that forward Christian Benteke will miss the next six weeks.

Benteke sustained a knee injury similar to Wifried Zaha's, meaning a minimum of six weeks. And with Zaha set to miss out at the weekend, Palace will be without four potential starters with James Tomkins and Ruben Loftus-Cheek injured. Said Hodgson: "I'm afraid there are a lot of injuries, which is bad news for us. Benteke you know about and he will be out for six weeks...Zaha's injury is very similar to the one Christian has picked up. It has taken him six weeks to get back with us and hopefully he will be back with us in the international break, but tomorrow is too early for him, no question."
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 04:35:00 PM

If at all possible, things just got a whole lot worse for Crystal Palace with the news that Christian Benteke could be set for an extended period on the sidelines.

The Eagles currently find themselves rooted to the bottom of the Premier League boasting a record of six defeats from their opening 6 matches with zero goals in their FOR column and 13 against. And while Benteke may not have been pulling up trees this term, the Palace attacker represents their one and only experienced striker. With no return date insight for Connor Wickham [ACL knee injury], news that Benteke will require a scan after limping off at Manchester City will come as a hammer blow to Roy Hodgson who has been tasked with trying to save the top-flight status of his hometown club. Although the full extent of his knee injury is not yet known, Benteke has already been ruled out of next weekend’s trip to Old Trafford and Hodgson may be forced into handing Bakary Sako his first league start since April 2016.
Source: Sky Sports
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 09:49:00 AM

Crystal Palace's nightmare start to the season continued with another poor performance in front of their home crowd, falling 0-2 to Swansea City.

It has not been a fun start to Frank de Boer's managerial career at Selhurst Park. They have yet to score a goal on the season and for the second time in three games, the defense was rife with errors. They failed to register a shot on target until deep into the second half of the game, as another week passed by with Christian Benteke getting virtually no service. The closest they came to scoring was a James McArthur attempt and Andros Townsend attempt, but both low shots dragged just wide. Patrick van Aanholt disappointed fantasy managers, being replaced at halftime. Adding injury to insult, James Tomkins had to limp out of the match after landing awkwardly following a shot attempt. Palace travel to Burnley next on the other side of the international break.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Aug 26, 2017 12:27:00 PM

New Crystal Palace manager Frank De Boer shot down rumors that Christian Benteke is looking to leave the club.

Recent reports claim that Benteke is unhappy at the club and interested in a summer exit following interest from Everton. But De Boer said the club has no inclination to sell the Belgian forward who arrived last summer as the club's £27 million record signing after his 15-goal first season. "The only thing I know is that he [Benteke] is happy here and I really want him to stay here. He had a great impact last season, especially in the second half of the season. He's crucial for us and we definitely don't want to see him go."
Source: Sky Sports
Tue, Jul 18, 2017 01:35:00 PM

Crystal Palace secured all three points at Selhurst Park on Sunday, consigning Hull City to relegation.

Hull had to win to keep any realistic hope of staying in the division alive but they sunk without a trace. Palace were up inside the first few minutes through Wilfried Zaha, who pounced on Ranocchia's failure to hit the ball to open the scoring. Their woes were compounded by Benteke in the 34th minute, as he headed in a Puncheon corner beyond Jakupovic. Hull couldn't make their possession count all game, with Bowen missing a good chance while the deficit was still two. The Eagles piled on the pain in the last 10 minutes. Luka Milivojevic slotted home a penalty after Dawson hauled down Schlupp before Patrick Van Aanholt completed the rout.
Source: BBC Sport
Sun, May 14, 2017 09:00:00 AM

Crystal Palace picked up another needed point on Saturday as they rallied from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Leicester City at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace got off to bad start but struck twice in the second-half to overcome the reigning champions. Robert Huth gave the Foxes a lead in the sixth minute and the visitors appeared on their way to all three points shortly after halftime, as Jamie Vardy smashed a left-footed strike past Wayne Hennessey in the 52nd minute. The Eagles however proved resilient and pulled one back just two minutes later when Yohan Cabaye hammered home Jeffrey Schlupp's deflected shot, while Christian Benteke completed the comeback with a headed equalizer in the 70th minute. The results sees Place move seven points clear of 18th-place Swansea City.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Apr 15, 2017 02:56:00 PM

Crystal Palace pulled of its biggest win of the season with a stunning upset of Chelsea in a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.

All the action took place within the first 11 minutes of the match, as Palace's early-season struggles looked to repeat themselves from the jump after Cesc Fabregas' early goal to take the lead. But within four minutes of conceding the opening goal, Wilfried Zaha dazzled with a superb solo effort after finding a pass from Benteke for the equalizer. Within 90 seconds, Zaha returned the favor, sending through Benteke as the Belgian international superbly chipped Thibaut Courtois for what would end up being the match-winner. Wayne Hennessey then came to the rescue with two excellent saves down the stretch to give Palace its fourth straight win.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Apr 1, 2017 12:52:00 PM

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce put the rumors of a winter transfer window exit for Christian Benteke to rest.

However, the former England manager didn't sound too confident Benteke's stay would extend into next season: "Never say never but at the moment he is a Crystal Palace player. I am planning on him being here at the end of the [January transfer] window...Everyone has to play better at the moment. Everyone has to up their game, not just Christian." Benteke joined the club in a record £27 million move from Liverpool this summer and has scored eight league goals, although he has not scored in the last five. Reports had him linked with a move to China as well as interest coming from West Brom this month.
Source: BBC Sport
Thu, Jan 12, 2017 03:39:00 PM

Crystal Palace are sweating on the fitness of Christian Benteke after he was forced off against Swansea because of injury.

The big Belgium fell awkwardly following a first half collision with opposition goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski, but managed to make it to the break before being replaced by Frazier Campbell. Benteke will be sent for a scan on Wednesday to determine the extent of the injury amid concerns that he may have suffered serious damage: "He’s disrupted the joints in his shoulder or tore a ligament," mused an angry Sam Allardyce who couldn’t believe referee Paul Tierney did not award a spot kick for the foul: "The goalie has cleaned him out and I can't understand [how it was not a red card and penalty]. Maybe I can. He might have found it difficult to make the big judgements and chose not to do it in case he got it wrong. Unfortunately for him he did get it wrong, massively wrong." The 2-1 defeat drags Palace back into the relegation dogfight with the Eagles sitting just one-point ahead of Swansea in 19th.
Source: Daily Mail
Wed, Jan 4, 2017 06:11:00 AM