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Bent unsure of Euro role

ASTON Villa and England striker Darren Bent has started rehabilitation work after suffering ankle ligament damage in February, but he says it is too early to indicate whether he will be fit for Euro 2012.

The 28-year-old has been ruled out for the rest of the season but has come off crutches and is undergoing gym work and swimming as part of his recovery programme.

He said: "It's too early to say for England. We'll have to wait until I'm outside running and kicking a ball.

"The quicker I'm out on the pitch running, the quicker I can have an inkling about Euro 2012.

"But I am on the mend."

Bent had established himself as one of England's first-choice strikers since his £18m move from Sunderland 15 months ago.

Meanwhile, Villa manager Alex McLeish is hopeful injured duo Charles N'Zogbia and Alan Hutton can return ahead of schedule and play in Saturday's trip to Liverpool or Monday's home clash with Stoke.