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Christian Benteke | Forward

Team: Aston Villa
Age / DOB:  (23) / 12/3/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 183

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Christian BENteke took a big step towards a return to first team action after the striker played for over an hour on Monday for the Aston Villa development side marking his first appearance since March with a goal from the penalty spot.
Benteke stepped up his rehabilitation after almost six months out with a solid performance for the Under-21 side against Bolton Wanderers this afternoon providing Paul Lambert with a tricky decision ahead of the weekend’s visit of Manchester City. The striker joined the first-team squad in training over two weeks ago and has performed well suffering no adverse reaction to his recent injury with the Villa coach hinting at a potential return. The Claret and Blues have started well and currently sit sixth following a tricky set of opening fixtures but their position relies heavily on a tight defence having only scored four times this campaign [drawing blanks in four of their seven games] and the temptation to include his top scorer from the last two seasons must be growing as each game week ticks by. Sep 29 - 5:19 PM
Source: ESPN

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Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has returned to training after a long absence due to an ACL tear last season.

This is a huge boost for Villa and they can certainly use a striker at the moment. Paul Lambert confirmed that Benteke has practiced and if there are no complications, he will continue practicing. The Belgian striker will not be an immediate option as he returns from injury but should be picked up in most year-long fantasy leagues. He is unusable in daily leagues until he plays at least 60 minutes in a match.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 17 - 9:31 PM

As expected, Christian Benteke will miss the start of the season as he is still recovering from a torn ACL.

Benteke tore his ACL in April but has been extremely positive in his rehab and believes he can return in less than six months. Villa manager Paul Lambert confirmed that Benteke is ahead of schedule but also ruled him out for the start of the season. Initial reports had Benteke returning around November, so ahead of schedule should make it possible for him to return in late October in the best case scenario.
Source: Mirror
Aug 5 - 1:48 PM

Christian Benteke is confident that he can return earlier than expected after suffering a torn ACL in the beginning of April.

Benteke is still expected to miss the beginning of the season but he believes he can return early and stated that he expects to come back in less than six months. ACL surgery and treatment has gone a far way in the past few years and we've seen players continuously cut back on recovery time. Benteke is an extremely athletic striker who could theoretically come back in less than six months. If we had to take a guess, we'd assume he returns around October or November.
Source: Sky Sports
May 16 - 4:39 PM

In a huge blow to Aston Villa and Belgium, Christian Benteke will have surgery after injuring his achilles in training today. He will miss the rest of the Premier League season and this summer's World Cup.

This is a massive loss for Aston Villa who are still fighting to stay in the Premier League for next season. Benteke was their main source of goals, and while he hasn't been as consistent as he was last season, he's still the fulcrum of their side. We wish Benteke a full, and speedy recovery. In the mean time, with Libor Kozak already out for the season, this will likely hand Grant Holt a chance to start as Villa's central striker. Though that isn't an encouraging development. For Belgium, Romelu Lukaku will have to be the main man this summer.
Apr 3 - 1:43 PM

Christian Benteke is rumored to be the top transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

Last summer was full of Christian Benteke rumors and it seems they're starting once again. Aston Villa signed the striker to a long term deal but if the offer is right, they are likely to part ways. Benteke has been quiet this season but has recently started playing well once again, even though the goals aren't coming at the same rate as last year. He has scored three goals in his last four games and will look to add to that tally on Saturday when Villa face Fulham at home.
Apr 2 - 7:46 PM

Christian Benteke scored Aston Villa's lone goal in a 4-1 loss to Stoke City.

Benteke has been playing well lately but it hasn't always translated well onto the fantasy sheet. He is a risky play but has big upside almost every week. He has scored three goals in his last three games but was help scoreless against Chelsea last time out. Aston Villa travel to Old Trafford next week so I wouldn't recommend Benteke unless you are feeling adventurous.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 23 - 4:36 PM

Christian Benteke used the old "it bobbled" excuse for his horrible miss in Belgium's friendly in midweek.

Benteke has been struggling to score this year and missed a empty goal sitter in Belgium's friendly on Wednesday. Despite the miss, Benteke could be on an upswing. The forward scored two goals in his last Premier League game and has overall looked decent in recent weeks. He is active and has been getting chances from Villa's midfielders. Continue to follow Benteke's situation and feel free to use him in fantasy if he gets any sort of goal streak going.
Mar 9 - 6:00 PM

Aston Villa are reportedly scouting Senegal striker Moussa Konate.

Konate is a 20 year old striker who is currently on loan at Genoa. The youngster could be a possible replacement should Villa decide to sell Christian Benteke in the summer. There were many rumors about Benteke leaving VIlla Park last summer and if Villa can cash in, Konate could be their guy for the future. Benteke would have even more upside if he ends up playing for a better Premier League team.
Mar 5 - 1:55 PM

Christian Benteke's first half brace saw Aston Villa erase an early Norwich goal and take the lead for good on the way to a 4-1 home victory.

Aston Villa's big Belgian forward had a quiet February but he started March off with a bang scoring a brace that included a spectacular opener. After Villa went down 1-0 to an early Wes Hoolahan goal, Benteke used his power to tally twice. Leandro Bacuna scored Villa's third before a Sebastien Bassong own goal completed the scoring for the day after 41 minutes. With the win, Villa move to 11th place in the table up from 14th.
Mar 2 - 1:48 PM

Christian Benteke continued his resurgence for Aston Villa, scoring his third goal in as many games by converting a penalty kick which would prove to be the game-winner in a wild 4-3 win over West Bromwich Albion.

Villa found themselves down 0-2 early, as West Brom took advantage of a shockingly shoddy defensive display by the hosts. The Baggies themselves proved to be just as porous in the back, as Villa began their charge with a nifty lob shot by Andreas Weimann, a peculiar lob by Leandro Bacuna that snuck through to level the match, and a left footed bullet from Fabian Delph to take a 3-2 lead. West Brom then answered back before halftime to even the score again to top off a six goal flurry in the opening frame. It was Benteke who then was tackled in the box who had a chance to regain the lead, and he executed with a slick stutter step move to win Villa the match. The young Belgian also assisted on the day and his stock is rising fast.
Jan 29 - 5:03 PM

Andreas Weimann and Christian Benteke scored for Aston Villa to give them a 0-2 advantage over Liverpool, but the Reds rebounded with two of their own as the match would end in a 2-2 draw.

The two goals aside, Villa looked extremely sharp today and it is no coincidence that Benteke is finally finding his form as well. The first goal had it all, Benteke held the ball up on a counter attack and sent a perfect through ball to Gabby Agbonlahor. Gabby then executed a fine dribble into the area and created space to feed the pass to Weimann for the finish. Agbonlahor was involved again, assisting the 2nd score with a fine cross that met the head of Benteke for the easy goal. Benteke proved last season that once he hits form, he is among the very elite in the league. Buy him up as soon as possible to avoid a price rise with a home game against West Brom up next.
Jan 18 - 2:32 PM

Christian Benteke ended a long goal scoring drought by scoring in the 2nd half of Aston Villa's match with Arsenal, but the Lions comeback fell short in a 1-2 loss.

Benteke registered his first tally in 13 appearances today, hopefully sparking a run of form, but he was kept in check most of the game. The goal resulted from a giveaway by Santi Cazorla which Matt Lowton quickly crossed into the path of Benteke at far post to head in. Villa were able to manage around Benteke's injury earlier in the campaign but need him to desperately return to the form of a year ago as they are only five points removed from the relegation zone despite their 11th place position.
Jan 13 - 5:17 PM

Christian Benteke could make his return from knee injury this week to play against Sunderland.

Benteke has missed the last three games due to a knee injury but has been dealing with his knees on and off for the past couple of months. He is in a big slump and even if he manages to return, I would stay away until he proves he is back to form. There could be more definitive news on his status tomorrow so make sure to check back for an update.
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 05:30:00 PM

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke will likely avoid knee surgery but could miss the next two games to recover his joint fully.

Benteke is in a big goal drought and hasn't scored in ten games. The out of form striker will probably get more rest during the team's next two games to fully heal the knee. Even when he returns, I would not add him to my fantasy squad until I see him net a couple of goals and get his form back.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 02:10:00 PM