McLeish hopeful Bent will be firing on all cylinders for Gunners clash
Waiting in the wings: Bent could be fit to face Arsenal
Aston Villa are hoping Darren Bent will be fit for Wednesday”s home game with Arsenal after playing down his shopping excursion during Sunday”s defeat to Liverpool.
Bent missed the 2-0 loss at Villa Park with a thigh problem and some supporters voiced their displeasure at a picture posted online of the record signing buying Christmas presents during the game.
However, Sportsmail understands Villa are completely relaxed about the situation and are keeping their fingers crossed Bent has recovered in time to face the Gunners.
Villa manager Alex McLeish said: “We can”t gamble with Darren. He has to tell me he”s not feeling it (the injury) and say “I”m okay to start.”
“Then he”ll be back in the reckoning without question. He has got a thigh-cum-groin kicking strain. He came off the training pitch on Tuesday after having a shot at goal.
“When it”s not a clash between two players and they pull up, it means something else has happened and it can be quite serious.
“But the doctor seems to think he should be quite close to being ready for Wednesday. We”ll keep our fingers crossed that he is okay.”
Bent reported to the club”s Bodymoor Heath training ground on Sunday morning and underwent two hours of treatment.
He was told by the club”s doctors to go home, where he watched the majority of the Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool on television. It was then that Bent decided to go shopping, which led to consternation from some supporters.