Bent injury blow for Villa
Aston Villa are facing a potential striker crisis after the club confirmed record signing Darren Bent is likely to be sidelined for the remainder of the season with ruptured ankle ligaments.
The setback is a major concern for England although they can still call on a posse of other potential candidates for the Euro 2012 finals.
But Villa boss Alex McLeish has only Gabriel Agbonlahor and Emile Heskey -- who have both suffered injury problems of their own recently -- for the rest of the campaign.
Bent, 28, tweeted: "I'm gutted to be out for so long at such a crucial part of the season."
Bent has averaged approximately a goal every two games for Villa since his £18million move from Sunderland in January 2011.
In a statement, Villa said: "He (Darren Bent) 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."