Aston Villa will be without Belgium striker Christian Benteke for four to six weeks after he sustained a hip injury in last weekend's win at Norwich City, the club said.
"Paul Lambert confirms Christian Benteke will be out for four-six weeks. Better news than he first feared," Villa said on the club's Twitter page.
The news is a blow for Villa as Benteke had begun the season superbly, scoring four Premier League goals. He was unable to play in Villa's 4-0 League Cup defeat by Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday and is likely to miss Belgium's remaining World Cup qualifiers.
Belgium, who are five points clear at the top of Group A, visit second place Croatia on Oct. 11 and host Wales four days later.