Villa boss Paul Lambert today questioned Christian Benteke’s Belgium call-up but admitted he is powerless to do anything.
The claret and blues chief is upset Belgium may play crocked Benteke in their final World Cup qualifier against Wales.
Belgium boss Marc Wilmots selected Benteke and believes he “will be ready” to face Wales on October 15 if they are still hunting the point they need to reach Brazil next year.
Benteke was expected to be out for at least another two weeks with a hip injury and is sidelined for tomorrow’s trip to Hull.
Lambert is wary of Belgium invoking the five-day rule which would stop Benteke facing Tottenham on October 20 should he play for his club and not be fit for his country.
Lambert said: “You are obliged to let them go, you have to. If you don’t let them go and they end up playing for us on Saturday and missing the Belgium game then they can end up invoking the rule on us and prevent him from playing for us.
“I think the rule is a mockery. It fits some things and not others.
“I won’t be happy if he plays and comes back to me injured after doing ever so well. I won’t be happy.”