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Wednesday 27 June 2012

Weimann hails fit-again Villa star Bent

Austrian striker believes England man's return from injury willl revitalise Villa

Darren Bent missed the final three months of Villa's season with an ankle injury

Darren Bent's return from injury will give Aston Villa a huge lift going into the new Barclays Premier League season, says his team-mate Andreas Weimann.

England striker Bent, who narrowly missed out on a place in Roy Hodgson's UEFA Euro 2012 squad after an ankle ligament problem, is fit again and set to join Villa's pre-season training next week.

"Having a fresh Darren Bent will be brilliant going into the start of the season," fellow Villa front man Weimann told the club's website.

"It's really important to the club that he stays fit all season and hopefully gets us loads of goals."

Weimann, 20, filled in for the injured Bent in Villa's attack in the latter part of last season – scoring Premier League goals against Fulham and Stoke City.

"I look at the way he finishes and try to copy that"
- Andreas Weimann

But the highly-rated Austrian admits that Bent, the club's record signing from Sunderland in January 2011, is Villa's main man up front.

"Darren is our number one striker. I think the runs he makes are among the best things he does. Whenever he's in the box and he gets a chance he'll finish it," added Weimann.

"Maybe he's not always involved in the game but he's always making runs and if there's a cross he'll be there."

Bent scored nine goals in 22 League appearances for Villa last season but has not played since injuring his ankle in a match against Wigan Athletic in February.

And Weimann believes training and playing with Bent will help him fulfil his own ambitions to become a top forward.

"I always watch him and see the runs he makes and, after training, we always do finishing together. I look at the way he finishes and try to copy that," said Weimann.

"I think you can learn which runs to make, but if you're in the box you've got to know where the cross is going to, whether to go long or short so I think it's instinctive."

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Key Points

  • Andreas Weimann says return of striker Darren Bent is crucial for Aston Villa
  • Bent is fit again after missing end of last season with ankle injury
  • Young striker Weimann wants to learn from Bent's movement and finishing