Bent 'raring to go'
Darren Bent handed Villa boss Paul Lambert a massive boost by insisting he is winning his race to be fit despite his recent injury scare.
Last Updated: 25/07/12 9:43am
Darren Bent has handed Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert a massive boost by insisting he is winning his race to be fit for the start of the season despite his recent injury scare on their tour of the USA.
The hitman suffered a minor thigh strain during their pre-season trip in his first run out since rupturing his ankle ligaments in February.
But Bent is confident he has shrugged off his injury woes and admits he is 'raring to go.'
"I probably got the injury because I haven't really done anything for four months," said Bent in The Sun.
"It's just been good to be back among it after my time out injured at the end of the season. In the first session in pre-season I was absolutely buzzing.
"My main problem was the ankle but that's completely healed now. That feels great and I am raring to go for the season."
Despite missing the second half of the season Bent managed to find the net 10 times last term for under achieving Villa and scored another for England.
Poor results meant the Birmingham club were involved in a relegation fight for a large part of the season and only escaped the drop by two points.
It cost Alex McLeish his job and he has since been replaced as manager by Lambert who masterminded a brilliant mid-table finish for Premier League minnows Norwich.
And Bent believes Villa are going to take the top flight by storm this season under his much more attacking brand of football.
"The atmosphere has been amazing," he added on the club's official website. "Since the manager has come in, everyone has been buzzing.
"He wants us to be really dangerous and create loads of chances. That's exciting for us. We're really enjoying things and we can't wait to show that.
"He wants us to be an attacking outfit. He has a philosophy where he says 'if we're going to get beat, we're going to get beat having a go'. He wants us to have a right good go at every single team. That's how it should be.
"We have attacking players in the team who can cause real damage and he's told them to go out and do their stuff. So far in pre-season and in training, they have certainly responded. It's certainly going to be a dream for me playing that way as a striker.
"I really feel like it's going to be a good season. It's a new day and a new dawn now for Aston Villa. We have a new manager and players who are really optimistic about the coming campaign. We're behind him 100%."