Belgium boss Marc Wilmots today risked the wrath of Villa after he refused to rule out playing Christian Benteke.
The injured striker is out of Friday’s World Cup qualifier with Croatia but Wilmots believes he still could be fit for their final game against Wales next Tuesday.
Belgium need a point from their final Group A games to reach Brazil 2014 and qualify for their first World Cup since 2002.
Benteke has been out for two weeks with a hip injury and Villa boss Paul Lambert has insisted Benteke would not feature for his country if he had not played for him first.
But Wilmots tweeted: “Christian Benteke is definitely out for #crobel. For #belwal it remains to be seen.”
The 22-year-old was initially expected to be out for up to six weeks but has made a rapid recovery since limping off in the 1-0 win over Norwich last month.
Lambert has left the final decision to Benteke but insisted he must not come back injured ahead of next Sunday’s visit of Tottenham.
“I trust Christian to do the right thing. He is probably stuck in the middle right now,” he said.
“But I’ve had a good chat with him and he will know himself what is the right thing for him to do.
“I trust him. But I won’t be happy if he plays for Belgium and comes back to me injured.”
Without five-goal Benteke Villa have beaten Manchester City 3-2 and claimed a 0-0 draw at Hull on Saturday.
Lambert switched formations for the games and believes his side’s adaptability will be crucial in the Premier League.
He said: “They can adapt to whatever we ask them to do. It all depends on who we’re playing against and what players are fit, but we can try to get a team to win. They did it last year in games.
“There are systems that we did last season. We can adapt. I played three at the back against Manchester City last week.
“Even though it was the first time this season against Manchester City they did exceptionally well and it was pleasing.
“Then we changed it against Hull. But you give them the systems and they adapt. I wouldn’t say 4-3-3 is set in stone.”