England News: Darren Bent Injury Leaves Him a Major Doubt for Euro 2012

S. GordonCorrespondent IIFebruary 28, 2012

WIGAN, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25:  Darren Bent of Aston Villa is carried off during the Barclays Premier League match between Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa at DW Stadium on February 25, 2012 in Wigan, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has been told that his injury will keep him out of contention for three months.

Bent ruptured his ankle ligaments during the 0-0 draw against Wigan Athletic in the Premier League on Saturday. There has been a statement made on the Aston Villa Website that their top scorer will be out until at least the end of May.

"Darren Bent has undergone scans and he has seen a top ankle specialist in London," said an Aston Villa official earlier today.

The 28-year-old who started his career at Ipswich Town was expected to fill the gap made by Rooney’s suspension and start the first two games of the tournament.

Wayne Rooney, who was suspended in the last group fixture of qualifying, is still expected to go to the tournament, but there will be a massive hole in the England front-line with the Manchester United striker missing.

This will give Stuart Pearce and whoever takes the role on a more permanent basis a tactical headache, wondering who should now start upfront come the June 11.

Dr. Ian McGuiness and the Aston Villa medical team have been in contact with the England national team about the extent of the injury. This is what he had to say on the matter:

"Darren will undergo a further examination in seven days to determine the need for an operation."

Bent will be devastated by the length of the injury and the time it has come. He was left out of the 2006 and 2010 World Cup squad and now he looks set to miss another major tournament.


With Darren Bent looking certain to miss the tournament, who would you pick to start the first two games of Euro 2012?