Bent operation a success
Darren Bent has come through a successful operation on ruptured ankle ligaments yesterday.
Bent, 28, suffered the injury in Aston Villa’s disappointing goalless encounter with Wigan just under a fortnight ago. The injury was extremely ill-timed as it coincided with the loss of on-loan striker Robbie Keane who had hit a rich vein of form with Villa.
Bent is now certain to miss the rest of the Premier League season, and the Euro 2012 campaign also, with the ankle requiring 12 weeks rest prior to resuming intensive training. He may be invited to join the Great Britain Olympic football squad as one of the three over-23 players, although competition for those spots is extremely fierce and Bent would do well to earn a call-up.
The injury was a cruel blow for Darren Bent as he has not yet managed to represent England at a major competition. Back in 2006, despite being the Premier League’s top-English goalscorer, Bent was overlooked by Sven Goran-Erikkson even though a squad place went to the untested and untried Theo Walcott. And then in 2010, Bent also missed out on selection for the final England squad as he faced criticism regarding his all-round play and effectiveness outside the 18 yard box.
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