Aston Villa's Darren Bent has been ruled out for up to three months with an ankle injury. The striker, who had already pulled out of the England squad, now faces up to the prospect of missing the rest of the season and Euro 2012.
With England's lack of top quality experienced forwards, and Rooney's two match ban, Bent would have been a certainty for the squad and stood a good chance of starting. The three month projection would take him past Villa's last game, against Norwich, on May 13th.
A statement on the Villa website reads:
Darren Bent has undergone scans and he 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 in the game 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.
Aston Villa will certainly miss Bent and their season is likely to be one they want to forget in a hurry. fan protests, poor performances and unrest within the squad have all put Villa in the news since Alex McLeish took over.
Am I the only one who thinks Grant Holt deserves a shot? Yes people have a tendency to over-rate those who do well at lesser clubs, but he has been in great form... If he carries on like this he should at least get a friendly appearance.
hmm that's true actually, I've not given it much thought but we do seem to be struggling particularly in that department. I agree with what you just tweeted regarding Owen, though to be honest it could be a case of whoever is English and is in good form at the time gets in!
Someone might surprise us, maybe Defoe could start scoring loads?
Andy Carroll?? lol
Really bad timing from a Villa point of view, still don't think we're in any real danger of going down. 2 wins from 12 is all we will probably need to stay up.
From an England point of view...I couldn't really care less. This is a nothing friendly against Holland, we've withdrawn half the squad and the whole point is to try new things. Let Welbeck and Sturridge have a go at their questionable defence.
If this wasn't a friendly, I'd have Crouch Defoe and Agbonlahor in the squad.
Bent is a far bigger loss to Villa than England, that's for sure. I doubt Villa will be relegated, yet losing their most potent threat may well drop them too close to the bottom five come the end of the season for comfort. On the bright side, this could be the catalyst which gets Mr Popular out of Villa Park if that happens!
As for England, why Crouch continues to be overlooked is beyond me. He's a solid leader of the line, holds the ball up well and his goalscoring record for England is phenomenal compared to every other English striker. Maybe it's his lack of pace and gangly appearance which puts recent England managers off, yet it's well known that a big man upfront scares the beJeebus out of international defenders - how else did big players with less skill, like Carsten Jancker and Jan Koller, have such a prolific international career?
The likes of Defoe, Sturridge, Campbell and Welbeck are all very well, but there seems an obsession with pace in the international set up which doesn't allow too many different options. I'd take Crouch, Rooney, Defoe and Sturridge to the Euros now Bent is seemingly out, personally.