Sunderland hopeful over Darren Bent fitness

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Sunderland are hopeful that England striker Darren Bent will be fit for Monday's Premier League fixture against Blackburn Rovers.

Bent missed England's Euro 2012 qualifier with Montenegro on Wednesday after picking up a groin problem while on international duty.

The seven-goal striker was immediately made a doubt for the trip to Ewood Park.

However, following scans on Bent's return to the north east, Black Cats boss Steve Bruce is upbeat about his chances of being passed fit.

"Darren's had a scan and his injury is not too serious," he told the club's official website.

"You're always concerned if a player picks up a groin injury.

"If the game against Blackburn was this Saturday I'd say he had no chance of playing, but given that it's Monday he's got half a chance of being fit for it.

"We'll keep monitoring the situation and we'll see how he is come Monday."

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