That's a slice of bad luck: Bennett injury reminiscent of Rooney's horror cut
20:03 GMT, 7 October 2012
Aston Villa's Joe Bennett was taken to hospital for treatment on a nasty gash on his leg – much like the injury which recently ruled Wayne Rooney out for a month.
The defender was left reeling in agony after colliding with an advertising hoarding following a tussle with Gareth Bale during the match at White Hart Lane.
Game over: Bennett was taken off on a stretcher after gashing his leg
Ouch: Bennett suffered this injury after colliding with the advertising hoardings
Villa boss Paul Lambert confirmed his player had been taken to a local hospital to have the wound treated.
He said: 'I think he has gone to hospital to get stitched up. It was quite a nasty cut.'
The deep wound on the shin of his left leg was reminiscent of the horror-injury sustained by Rooney after Hugo Rodallega's studs sliced into his thigh in August.
The Manchester United striker was sidelined for four weeks after undergoing surgery to to stitch the cut back together and revealed the studs of Rodallega's boots missed slicing a major artery by just milimetres.
The news comes following another defeat
for Villa and manager Paul Lambert felt Christian Benteke's miss proved
crucial in the defeat, which saw the visitors drop to 16th in the table.
The striker, signed from Genk this
summer, missed a free header from Gabriel Agbonlahor's cross early in
the second half after Villa intercepted Lloris' mis-directed throw.
Cut above: Rooney suffered a similar injury earlier this season
'That was a big moment,' Lambert said.
'When you have chances like that at a place like this you have to put them away.'
Lambert's decision to field Benteke ahead of Darren Bent was a surprise one given that the England striker had come off the bench to score a crucial equaliser against West Brom last week.
The Scot defended the decision tonight, saying: 'Christian gives you a different option.
'Darren's threat is going in behind. That was the only reason why we did it.
'Tottenham's full-backs are going to bomb on at every opportunity so that's why I went with that decision.
Darren has been fine about it.'
Heart of the action: Bennett's team lost 2-0 in the clash at White Hart Lane