Paul Lambert has confirmed that Christian Benteke will be out for four-six weeks with his hip injury.
Lambert revealed the news was better than he first feared after results of a scan emerged this evening.
Villa boss Lambert said Benteke is already feeling better and will work hard to return as soon as he can.
Lambert also revealed Benteke would not need an operation, with time the great healer in this situation.
He said: "It's not as bad as we feared it was going to be.
"It's maybe four, five, six weeks or so.
"You have that international break which certainly helps us.
"But he's feeling a lot better to be fair. We will have to wait and see.
"We spoke to the medical people before and they give the best and worst case scenarios. You are never quite sure until you hear from the professor to find out how it is.
"But he's feeling a lot better."
Asked whether an operation was needed, he continued: "It's just a muscle injury. It's nothing like that. It's not too severe.
"We will try to get him back as quick as possible."
Lambert said Benteke's loss can be another striker's gain as the likes of Libor Kozak, Nicklas Helenius and Jordan Bowery come into his thinking for the next month of action.
He added: "They have to relish the challenge of that.
"Libor won a lot of aerial balls. It was tough because Tottenham are right on you.
"But I thought he coped really fine. Then we will have other ones back at the weekend which will certainly help.
"I think a few will be back. Ciaran was left out because he was feeling hamstring problems on Saturday.
"Andi has played a lot of games.
"Gabby, Fabian and Antonio will hopefully all be back."
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