Aston Villa and Belgium have suffered a hammer blow with the news Christian Benteke has been ruled out of the World Cup through injury.

The striker has torn his Achilles tendon just weeks ahead of the end of the season, with the news broken by Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur.

Terreur, normally a reliable source of information regarding players from his homeland, tweeted: ‘Christian Benteke has torn his achilles tendon. No World Cup for him.’

Benteke, 23, has netted 11 goals for Aston Villa this season, including six in his last 11 matches.