Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has undergone successful surgery on his ruptured ankle ligaments - and can now set his sights on trying to be part of Great Britain's Olympic squad.

Bent's hopes of playing for England during the Euro 2012 finals were shattered when he suffered the setback against Wigan at the DW Stadium 10 days ago. But the positive news about his operation in London on Monday night is that Bent will be able to resume full training in early June, leaving enough time to prove his fitness for the Olympics.

A Villa statement released on Monday night read: "Darren Bent underwent surgery in a London clinic to repair ruptured ligaments in his left ankle. The operation was a complete success and it is expected that Darren will be able to resume full training in around 12 weeks."

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