Christian Benteke is currently out with a hip injury and last week Paul Lambert was adamant that Benteke would not be involved with Aston Villa nor Belgium until he is full fit and ready for the game against Tottenham in two weeks time. However, the Belgium staff see otherwise. A Belgium medical staff, Lieven Maesschalck has flown in to Birmingham to assess the injury to Benteke. Belgium and Villa medical staff have been in contact and despite the fact that the Villa staff don’t want Benteke to feature it appears as though the ‘quick healer’ will be called up for Belgium’s World Cup Qualifiers. Belgium need 1 more point to qualify for the Brazil World Cup and the coach want’s Benteke to feature against Wales.
Obviously this could cause a row between Belgium and Aston Villa but currently it appears as though Benteke will feature for Belgium despite the fact that Aston Villa don’t want their star asset to be risked. The national team obviously means a lot to Benteke and with Lukaku getting better, it’s important that Benteke plays for Belgium and insures that he’ll be their main striker in Brazil.
My opinion? I think he should be allowed to join the Belgium team, he won’t play the first qualifier against Croatia but I’m certain that Belgium will get that needed 1 point, they will qualify and Benteke then won’t be risked against Wales. I don’t want the club to cause tension between the national team because it could led to a Benteke exit.