Belgium coach counting on Benteke despite injury

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots is counting on Aston Villa striker
Christian Benteke to be ready to play in the final World qualifier
against Wales.

Aston Villa announced only on Sept. 24 that Benteke would be out
for up to six weeks and miss the last two qualifiers as Belgium is
looking for one point against Croatia next Friday to go through to
Brazil as a Europe group winner.

If it fails, it still has a home game against Wales on Oct. 15.
Wilmots said that ”Benteke will almost certainly be fit for the
second game.”

Benteke has already scored four goals in the English Premier
League and has been key to Belgium as it’s moved within striking
distance of qualifying for the World Cup.