Paul Lambert is confident Aston Villa will keep hold of dropped record signing Darren Bent beyond the January transfer window.
Villa manager Lambert has left the ?18 million capture from Sunderland out of his starting line-up for the matches with West Brom and Tottenham.
It has led to speculation that Bent will leave the midlands club when the transfer window reopens.
Lambert is expecting a positive response from Bent, who has also lost his spot in Roy Hodgson's England squad this season, but is adamant no player is guaranteed a place in the side.
He said: "I'm pretty sure Darren will come back strongly. I don't think he'll take it (being dropped) lying down.
"There's nothing wrong with getting a knock at times, nothing wrong with it. He'll bounce back from it.
"He's only missed two games. He's nothing to prove to me or anybody else. I know what he can do.
"Everybody's in the same boat, it's not just Darren. I don't think you can never have a guaranteed player.
"I also think...