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Striker suffered ruptured ligaments in his left foot after falling awkwardly against Wigan, and is set to be out until the end of May

Darren Bent's hopes of securing a place in England's squad for Euro 2012 have been dealt a heavy blow after the Aston Villa striker was ruled out for up to three months with ruptured ankle ligaments.

The forward fell awkwardly during the 0-0 draw with Wigan Athletic on Saturday, and Villa confirmed in a statement that he is likely to be out until the end of May.

With Wayne Rooney suspended for England's opening two group games, the first of which is on June 11 against France, Bent was tipped to start in place of the Manchester United striker.

Villa confirmed Bent saw an ankle specialist in London on Monday afternoon, and will have to undergo another scan in seven days to determine whether surgery is required.

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