Darren Bent out for three months

Aston Villa have confirmed that Darren Bent will be out for up to three months after rupturing ligaments in his ankle in the 0-0 draw with Wigan on Saturday.

The attacker had already pulled out of the England squad to face Netherlands on Wednesday, and the Midlands club have revealed the extent of his injury on their official website.

“Darren Bent has undergone scans and he has seen a top ankle specialist this afternoon in London,” a statement reads.

“He 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.

“Dr Ian McGuinness and the Villa medical staff have been liaising with the England medical team about the extent of his injury.”

The news is a severe blow for The Three Lions, with Bent’s inclusion in the squad for Euro 2012 now in jeopardy.

The forward has revealed his anguish on Twitter, but vowed to try and return as quickly as possible.

“I’m gutted to be out for so long at such a crucial part of the season, hopefully my recovery will be as quick as possible. And thank you to everyone for your messages of support,” he wrote on the social networking site.

Meanwhile, Sky Sports have also confirmed that Tottenham full back Kyle Walker has also pulled out of Wednesday’s fixture, after picking up a knock in the north London derby on Sunday.

By Gareth McKnight