Bent training for Everton clash

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Darren Bent is back in training and should be ready to face Aston Villa this weekend, according to Alex McLeish.

Bent suffered a groin injury that prevented him from taking part in the international break with England, but McLeish is confident he will be fit and ready by Saturday for the clash at Goodison Park.

And with Shay Given, Richard Dunne and Barry Bannan all back from international duty and able to play, Villa could have close to a full squad for selection in two days.

“Bent trained for the first time in 10 days so that gives us optimism for Saturday," McLeish said.

"Given came back having played on the plastic pitch in Moscow. The only complaint he had was a bit of stiffness in his back but the groin situation seems to have cleared up.

"Dunne took a whack on the chin and got four stitches but he has reported back for training feeling good - and so he should.


"He and Shay had storming games as did Barry Bannan for Scotland. The guys have all acquitted themselves brilliantly."

Dunne in particular put in a top-class performance for the Republic of Ireland in their Euro 2012 qualifier against Russia, keeping the side in contention for a spot in next year’s tournament.

Villa will be looking for a win on Saturday after a lacklustre draw with Wolves before the break.

Meanwhile, McLeish has ruled out a move for free agent James McFadden, insisting that Villa will not be spending any more money before January.

"It's all well and good saying 'he is available on a free' but he is not really free is he?” McLeish said.

"He is available, but you still have his wages etc.

"I think, after the deadline day signings we made, our spending is likely to be over between now and the next transfer window.

"We've done a fair bit of business. I'm working with the club on the financial side. We've pretty much done our business."

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