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Christian Benteke | Forward | #17

Team: Crystal Palace
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/3/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 183

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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." Nov 7 - 12:40 PM

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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
Oct 18 - 3:17 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."
Sep 29 - 4:35 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
Sep 24 - 9:49 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
Aug 26 - 12:27 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
Jul 18 - 1:35 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
May 14 - 9:00 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
Apr 15 - 2:56 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
Apr 1 - 12:52 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
Jan 12 - 3:39 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
Jan 4 - 6:11 AM

Crystal Palace just can't seem to catch a break, even with a spectacular comeback, after suffering a 5-4 loss to Swansea City.

Palace went ahead early after Wilfried Zaha got on the end of a header from Christian Benteke and slotted it past Lukasz Fabianski in the 19th minute. But the Swans returned with three unanswered goals in the next 35 minutes to take a 3-1 lead; then the fun began. James Tomkins pounced on a loose ball in the box following a corner in the 75th minute to cut the lead in half. A bizarre own goal from Jack Cork sent the Eagles level, before Benteke seemed to grab the three points just two minutes later in the 84th after hitting both posts with a shot following another scramble off a corner for the 4-3 lead. But the Palace losing streak extended to six straight Premier League games after Swansea stole two stoppage-time goals courtesy of Fernando Llorente for the 5-4 result.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 12:25:00 PM

Despite a spectacular penalty miss last weekend, striker Christian Benteke will remain on penalty kicks for Crystal Palace.

The former Liverpool forward drew a penalty in the final minute of the first half against West Ham last weekend in a 1-0 loss and drew scrutiny for missing wide right with a lackadaisical penalty attempt. But manager Alan Pardew confirmed Benteke will remain on penalty duty this week: "He will still be our penalty taker, we have a had chat about it and we had some conflicting opinions on the penalty which we would do but I have great faith in him. I think it is important that your striker continues to score goals and that is why I have always encouraged my centre forwards to take penalties."
Sat, Oct 22, 2016 12:34:00 AM

Crystal Palace couldn't take advantage of multiple opportunities at home, including a one-man advantage, in a 1-0 loss to West Ham.

While West Ham ended its five-match winless streak on Saturday, Crystal Palace saw its five-match undefeated run come to an end. The Eagles had not lost a Premier League match since Week 2 against Spurs, taking 11 points from the last five. But missed opportunities proved the difference with the biggest chance coming at the end of the first half. Christian Benteke drew a foul in the penalty box in the final minute of the first half, before nonchalantly stepping to the spot and pushing it wide. Less than a minute later, the forward had an open header at the back post that clipped the post for the final play of the half. With the loss, Palace remain in eighth place on 11 points.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 02:36:00 PM

Christian Benteke scored a goal (one shot on target) in Crystal Palace's entertaining and controversial 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison Park on Friday.

Benteke was the hero for Crystal Palace for the second match in a row. The Belgian international leveled the score when he headed in a cross from Joel Ward in the 50th minute, which was his third goal in five appearances since moving to Palace. The Eagles continued to press Everton and looked to have went ahead when Damien Delaney converted a header in the 75th minute. However, following a discussion between the two officials, it was decided the effort should not stand as the assistant's flag went up on the goal. The result of the match pushed Palace to 7th in the table and saw Benteke score his fifth goal in six career matches against the Toffees.
Source: NBC Sports
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 05:44:00 PM