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McLeish unsure on Bent for Euros

April 20, 2012

Alex McLeish admits he is unable to predict whether Aston Villa striker Darren Bent will be fit for England's Euro 2012 campaign after he resumed light running this week.

Darren Bent
GettyImagesDarren Bent hit ten goals for Villa before being sidelined by injury

• Bent undertaking light running
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Bent underwent ankle injury at the start of March after suffering the setback in the away game with Wigan and is on course with his rehabilitation work.

He has been visited by England's medical team this week and McLeish admits that will act as a massive confidence boost to Villa's club record signing.

Villa manager McLeish said: "It is good news in terms of Benty from the point of view that his progress is up to speed, up to date. The England doctor was here this week to see our own doctor, Ian McGuinness, and they are happy with Benty's progress.

"He has started running again which is great news and we are delighted with his progress. If your next question is 'is he going to go to the Euros' then I can't answer that. I don't know.''

McLeish added: "It is brilliant for Benty and great for his confidence that the England people came to see him. It is good for his mindset from the point of view that England are still thinking about him.

"He has been important to them in the past, they know what he can do, and he could be a valuable asset for them in the Euros if he is fit enough.''