Heskey out for four weeks

LONDON - Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey has been ruled out for up to a month after picking up a knee injury in training, the Premier League club said on Thursday.

The former England forward, who retired from international football after the World Cup, had been in good form, scoring three goals in six games since the arrival of new manager Gerard Houllier.

"Heskey tore the medial meniscus in his right knee yesterday (Wednesday) in training with no other player involved in the incident," read a statement on the club website.

"The injury will require an operation and the powerful forward faces between three to four weeks out of action."

Heskey is now likely to miss Villa's next five Premier League games and is a doubt for their League Cup quarter final against local rivals Birmingham City on December 1.