Benteke out for up to six weeks

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert confirms that his star striker will be out of action for at least a month after picking up an injury against Norwich City on Saturday
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has revealed that striker Christian Benteke's injury will keep him sidelined for "four, five [or] six weeks".

The Belgium international limped out midway through the second half of the Villans' 1-0 victory at Norwich City on Saturday and missed his side's 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Tottenham on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old slipped while stretching for a ball and appeared to injure his groin, being immediately replaced by eventual matchwinner Libor Kozak.

Despite the blow, however, the Scot confirmed to reporters after the cup defeat: "It is not as bad as we feared it was going to be. Maybe four, five, six weeks or so.

"The medical people give you the best- and worst-case scenario. You are never quite sure until you hear from the professor.

"Thankfully it is not too serious. It has got a lot better and he is feeling a lot better and the international break certainly helps us."

Lambert felt that the extent of his side's drubbing was disproportionate, telling BBC Sport: "I didn't think there were four goals in that. We had a lot of players out injured and they were too much for us but I couldn't fault the lads for effort.

"We gave it a go in the second half and their second goal was a really poor goal from our point of view.

"There are a couple of plus points from individual performances. Nathan Baker is coming back after injury. Marc Albrighton was excellent."

Shortly before Paulinho scored Spurs' second, Jan Vertonghen bizarrely pulled down Nicklas Helenius's shorts in the box and the Villa boss was surprised that his side were not given a penalty.

"That was a big moment," he noted. "I thought it was a penalty. I don't think anybody could believe it. It was a strange decision."