Benteke suffers thigh injury
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Liverpool striker Christian Benteke has suffered a minor thigh injury, the Liverpool Echo have reported.

Benteke is currently away with the Belgian national team during this international break, selected in Marc Wilmots' 23-man squad to face Bosnia and Herzegovina tonight, Thursday 3 September, and Cyprus on Monday 6 September, along with the Reds' goalkeeper, Simon Mignolet, and another of their strikers, Divock Origi.

However, he could miss the first of these two 2016 European Championship qualifiers due to the problem, which was picked up in Liverpool's disappointing 3-0 defeat to West Ham United on Saturday afternoon - their first loss of the season.

Scan reveals injury is not serious

Fortunately for Brendan Rodgers and his side, however, Benteke underwent a scan this week which revealed that the thigh problem is only a minor one, and thus he should be fit to return for his club when they travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United next Saturday evening; 12 September.

Liverpool will be without talisman Philippe Coutinho for that clash, due to him being sent off in the West Ham defeat for receiving two yellow cards, and thus they cannot afford to lose Benteke as well, who has started all four of their Premier League games so far this season.

Thus, the news will be well received by Rodgers, who will have been worried initially, before the far from significant extent of the injury was confirmed.

Benteke could still face Cyprus on Sunday

Despite having not yet trained with his international teammates since joining up with them this week, Benteke could still be fit to face Cyprus in Belgium's second game of this international break on Sunday.

The former-Aston Villa man has not been ruled out of tonight's game just yet, but he looks doubtful to start, and thus the national team's medical staff are likely to set their sights on getting the 24-year-old ready for the weekend instead.

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