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The 28-year-old missed the end of last term and Euro 2012 with an ankle injury and, despite picking up a slight knock in pre-season, is excited about the upcoming campaign

Aston Villa forward Darren Bent is relishing a return to first-team football as he looks to put his recent injury troubles behind him.

The former Sunderland striker missed the final three months of last season's Premier League as well as having to sit out England's Euro 2012 campaign.

Bent then picked up a thigh strain on Villa's tour of USA but insists that he is unconcerned, adding that he is "buzzing" to be back in action.

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"I probably got the injury because I haven’t really done anything for four months," the former Charlton man told 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."

Paul Lambert's side rounded off their tour of America with a penalty-shootout victory over the Portland Timbers and will continue their preparations next Wednesday with a trip to Peterborough United.

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