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England's Bent faces EURO absence

Published: Monday 27 February 2012, 20.30CET
England striker Darren Bent "faces up to 12 weeks on the sidelines" after suffering ruptured ankle ligaments in action for Aston Villa FC, making him a severe doubt for UEFA EURO 2012.
England's Bent faces EURO absence
Darren Bent leaves the pitch on a stretcher against Wigan ©Getty Images
 
Published: Monday 27 February 2012, 20.30CET

England's Bent faces EURO absence

England striker Darren Bent "faces up to 12 weeks on the sidelines" after suffering ruptured ankle ligaments in action for Aston Villa FC, making him a severe doubt for UEFA EURO 2012.

England striker Darren Bent may miss out on UEFA EURO 2012 after being sidelined for around three months with an ankle injury.

The 28-year-old, who had been in the squad to face the Netherlands on Wednesday, left Aston Villa FC's game at Wigan Athletic FC on Saturday on a stretcher. Scans today confirmed he is likely to be ruled out for the rest of the Premier League season, one he hoped would end with a first appearance at a major international tournament.

An Aston Villa statement read: "Darren Bent has undergone scans and has seen a top ankle specialist this afternoon in London. He faces up to 12 weeks on the sidelines having ruptured ankle ligaments in his left foot against Wigan and he is unlikely to play again this season.

"Dr Ian McGuinness and the Villa medical staff have been liaising with the England medical team about the extent of his injury. Darren will undergo a further examination in seven days to determine the need for an operation."

Last updated: 21/03/12 16.45CET

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