Benteke has ruptured his Achilles tendon, and is set to be out of action for six months, missing the remainder of the campaign and the summer’s World Cup.
Bent has spent the season on loan at Fulham, and despite Villa’s striker crisis, Lambert insists he won’t consider bringing the former England forward back early.
When asked whether he would consider recalling Bent, Lambert replied: “No, the club’s moved on.
“Darren has not really played for me for two years. Obviously he’s been on loan at Fulham, here we’ve had Christian’s form and that’s football. Whatever happens at the end of the season will happen.”
Lambert also confirmed that Fulham do not have an option to buy Bent when his loan deal expires at the end of the season.
“No, he comes back. If they want to buy Darren it’s an avenue they can go through, so we’ll just wait and see,” he added.
Bent has struggled with the Cottagers this season, managing just six goals in 28 appearances this season.
He also clashed with manager Felix Magath after being left out of the squad for last weekend’s defeat to Everton, although the German manager insists the situation has been resolved.
“Darren came to me on Tuesday and we talked together. It’s fine for me,” he said.
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