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Lambert: Benteke will be back "bigger and stronger"

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Lambert: Benteke will be back "bigger and stronger"


Paul Lambert insists Christian Benteke will get big support as he battles back from his devastating achilles injury.

Benteke is set to be out for six months after picking up the distressing problem in training on the eve of the Fulham game.

Lambert revealed that Benteke will have an operation on the injury today before spending time with his family in immediate recuperation.

Then he will head back to Bodymoor Heath to begin his intensive rehab work as he aims to get back as soon as possible in the 2014-15 season.

Lambert wants to see a "stronger" Benteke when he returns but he insists that the big striker won't be rushed back.

Lambert said: "I have spoken to him. The main thing is getting him back stronger.

"The football club will support him, which goes without saying. It will be a long rehab for him - and I think he knows that.

"The reality has probably sunk in now in terms of the World Cup tournament he will miss. But he is in a good generation so I don't think this will be the last tournament.

"It's six months. Some would come back quicker, others would take longer. Everyone heals differently.

"His family will be there to support him [after the operation]. Then he will come back and he will be into his rehab. Then we try to get him back as quickly - and safely - as we can.

"It's a nasty, nasty injury. But he will bounce back. He will come back bigger and stronger."

Benteke, obviously gutted at the frustration of missing Brazil 2014, took to Twitter to thank claret and blue fans for their support.

He said: "In football you never know what may happen.

"I'm sad that I won't be able to finish this season and join my team-mates on the adventure to Brazil.

"Thanks everybody for all the support. You are very important to me."

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By @AVFCOfficial 7th April 2014
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