Having seen Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere ruled out of the European Championships this summer, England might be on the verge of some better news with regards to Aston Villa striker Darren Bent.
The Three Lions striker, who has led the attack for a number of games for his country in recent outings, suffered a nasty ankle injury back in March and has since been having to watch from the sidelines, as his team struggle in the Premier League.
After Tuesday’s home defeat to Bolton left them just three points above the dropzone, many fans are starting to bet on relegation overcoming their side at the end of the season.
Relegation and a missing out on a major tournament with England yet again would cap a depressing year for the former Charlton and Ipswich man.
England meanwhile will be just as rueful. They have limited options in attack, with Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney the only real guaranteed starter when he returns from suspension for the competition in Poland and the Ukraine.
Bent would have been set to start next to the Red Devil’s frontman but that was cast into serious doubt after the 28-year-old’s injury setback.
Having undergone surgery in March, Bent has been working his way back to fitness and now the former Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland goal machine is fighting a battle against time to be fit for the upcoming Euros which kick-off in June.
Villa boss Alex McLeish has missed the striker’s services since the ankle injury but has now given hope to England fans, with the news Bent is firmly on the road to recovery, though he stresses the need for Bent to watch football live from the sidelines for a few more weeks yet.
The former Scotland and Rangers manager said: “Darren is bang on course for a full recovery and we are all very pleased about this.
“The player himself is obviously delighted and he has began to do light running which is good news.
“He will continue to work under the guidance of (Villa doctor) Dr Ian McGuinness and the medical team.”