Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has warned the rest of the Barclays Premier League that England striker Darren Bent is fit and raring to go for the new season.

The 28-year-old missed the last three months of the 2001/12 campaign after undergoing ankle surgery, and his absence proved costly as the Midlands club flirted with relegation. But Lambert is relishing the prospect of unleashing Bent on the rest of the league next month.

"Darren will be huge, absolutely huge. He's a goalscorer. Every team needs them," he told Villa's official website,

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