Aston Villa’s Darren Bent ‘raring to go’ ahead of new season
Aston Villa forward Darren Bent is eager to return to first-team action as he looks to put his recent injury troubles behind him
Darren Bent has declared he is “raring to go” ahead of the new Premier League season after the Aston Villa striker spent the past five months on the sidelines.
The 28-year-old has scored 19 goals in 41 appearances for Villa after moving from Sunderland to the Birmingham outfit in a £18m move – which can potentially rise to £24m – in January 2011.
But Bent made just 22 league appearances last term after his season was cut short following a collision with Antolin Alcaraz in Villa’s goalless draw with Wigan Athletic in February.
The former Charlton Athletic forward spent three months recovering from ruptured ligaments in his ankle which resulted in Bent missing out on a place in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad for the European championship in Poland and Ukraine.
Bent returned to pre-season training this month but suffered a thigh strain during Villa’s tour of the United States – but the striker is excited about his return and has played down fears over the seriousness of the new injury.
“I probably got the injury because I haven’t really done anything for four months,” Bent told the Sun.
“It’s just been good to be back among it after my time out injured at the end of the season. In the first session in pre-season I was absolutely buzzing.
“My main problem was the ankle but that’s completely healed now. That feels great and I am raring to go for the season.”
Bent has scored 173 goals in 403 appearances during a career spanning 10 years, with the England international winning the League Cup with Tottenham Hotspur in 2008.