Goal-starved Palace to miss Benteke for at least six weeks

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Crystal Palace’s already woeful season took a big hit this week, as manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that star forward Christian Benteke won’t be able to train for at least six weeks.

The Belgium striker suffered “ligament damage” in last week’s blowout loss to Manchester City, according to Hodgson.

Palace faces Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

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With Palace in the midst of a historic goalless start to the Premier League season, the 26-year-old Benteke has played 522 of those 540 minutes.

Benteke scored 15 goals and added two assists for Palace last season, a year after scoring nine Premier League goals and a Europa League marker for Liverpool.

Connor Wickham‘s injury leaves Freddie Ladapo as the only true center forward on the Palace roster, though Bakary Sako is certainly more than capable atop the attack.

Belgium has already qualified for the 2018 World Cup, so Benteke’s absence won’t be as keenly felt by the Red Devils in next week’s international break.