The Bulgarian midfielder has been struck down with acute leukaemia and is currently in a rehabilitation process to get back to health.
In the absence of the eastern European star the Villa Park club need a new skipper, and have identified the England international forward as the main candidate.
Bent, who missed Euro 2012 through an ankle injury, has confessed that he is keen for the accolade.
“If I can hang on to it, I’ll be delighted. It’s a big goal of mine,’ he said, ‘the gaffer just said to me “I’ve given you the armband for now, and I just want you to justify why I’ve given it to you”,” The Daily Mail report Bent as saying.
“I want to just try and lead by example and try and be a good role model. I was captain of Charlton for a year and I enjoyed that and if I get to keep it this year I’ll be delighted,” he confessed.
By Gareth McKnight