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.