The £25m-rated goal ace has returned to Belgium for treatment.

He was missing from the squad for Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Stoke.

Benteke will spend a few days with Belgian national physio Lieven Maesschalck.

The 23-year-old has been struggling to shake off knee and hip injuries.

And Andreas Weimann insists Villa aren't getting the Christmas jitters after losing all three festive games last year.

Weimann said: "What happened last Christmas is not playing on our minds."