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Tuesday 06 March 2012

Aston Villa: Bent operation a success

Villa striker should be back training at the beginning of June

Villa striker Darren Bent was injured in the draw with Wigan at the end of February

Aston Villa have said the operation to repair Darren Bent's ruptured ankle ligaments has been a "complete success".

The 28-year-old striker suffered the injury in the Barclays Premier League draw against Wigan at the end of February.

Bent underwent surgery on Monday night and Villa are expecting him to be back in training in around three months.

"It is expected that Darren will be able to resume full training in around 12 weeks"
- Aston Villa statement

"Darren Bent underwent surgery in a London clinic to repair ruptured ligaments in his left ankle," read an Aston Villa statement.

"The operation was a complete success and it is expected that Darren will be able to resume full training in around 12 weeks."

The timescale means Bent will be training by early June which would rule him out of England's Euro 2012 campaign which begins against France on June 11th.

However, he should have enough time to prove his fitness ahead of the London Olympics in the summer.

Bent has been included on Team GB Olympic football coach Stuart Pearce's provisional long-list of players to take part in the competition.

The former Ipswich Town frontman joined Aston Villa from Sunderland in an £18m deal in January 2011 and is the club's leading Barclays Premier League goalscorer this season with nine goals.

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Key Points

  • Aston Villa star Darren Bent has surgery on ruptured ankle ligaments
  • Club say Monday's operation was a success
  • Striker could be back training at the start of June