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Birthdate:  February 6, 1984    Birthplace:  Cambridge, England    Nationality:  England    Height:  5' 11"    Weight:  165 lbs    

September 26, 2014    Darren Bent News

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Bent (illness) has overcome his ordeal with a stomach bug and will likely be available for Saturday's matchup against Chelsea, the International Business Times reports.

Bent has been used in relief this year and consequentially hasn't had much impact this season. With the return of Christian Benteke (Achilles) just around the corner, the 30-year-old may have a hard time getting on the pitch at all.

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Darren Bent: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

September 20, 2014

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Manager Paul Lambert said Bent was unable to play Saturday against Arsenal due to a stomach bug.

The stomach bug is reportedly running rampant through the dressing room, with Bent hardly the only player missing from the teamsheet Saturday. He isn't expected to be out for long, though he's struggling to get first-team football even when fit.

September 9, 2014

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Bent has spent just 19 minutes on the pitch over Aston Villa's first three games of the Premier League season.

If the first three games of the season hold true from here on out, Bent won't have enough time on the pitch to amount much of anything. The 30-year-old was once a star at Villa Park, but those days seem long behind him now.

August 19, 2014

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Bent was on the 18-man roster during Saturday's match with Stoke City, but he was ultimately never subbed in.

Bent had an outside shot to reclaim his former glory with the Villans, however if Saturday was any indication of things to come, the 30-year-old will have a hard time finding room on the pitch this season. To make matters worse, the young duo of Leandro Bacuna (22) and Jack Grealish (18) were substituted on while Bent stayed on the bench.

August 8, 2014

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Bent has competed in four preseason friendlies while netting two goals.

Bent might ultimately be on the outside looking in when it comes to the starting XI for Villa this season. Even with injuries to Christian Benteke (Achilles) and Libor Kozak (leg) that will leave them sidelined to start the season, Bent will at best share time up front with Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann.

May 21, 2014

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Ason Villa manager Paul Lambert is expected to bring Bent back into the fold after the squad tried to sell him last summer and sent him on loan to Fulham, reports the Daily Mail.

Bent was deemed surplus to Villa last season due to his high wage bill, and was frozen out of the squad. His loan with Fulham produced three goals from 19 shots during the season, though.

May 4, 2014

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Bent was credited with an assist during Saturday's 4-1 loss to Stoke City.

Bent has had a quiet season for Fulham, scoring three goals and adding another two assists in 13 appearances. With Fulham being relegated next season, it will be interesting to see if the club will try to retain Bent or if he will be sent back to his parent club, Aston Villa.

April 1, 2014

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Bent was an unused substitute during Sunday's match with Everton. Fulham manager Felix Magath said Bent stayed on the bench due to a knock picked up during midweek training, the Swindon Advertiser" reports. However, Bent disputes the claim saying he practiced in full the Saturday before the match.

Injured or not, Bent has played just 14 minutes of Fulham's last four matches. It appears Magath has decided to use some of the younger striker options on the squad as the team fights to avoid relegation.