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Aston Villa are hoping Darren Bent will be fit for Wednesday's home game with Arsenal after playing down his shopping excursion during Sunday's defeat to Liverpool. Bent missed the 2-0 loss at Villa Park with a thigh problem and some supporters voiced their displeasure at a picture posted online of the record signing buying Christmas presents during the game. However, Press Association Sport understands Villa are completely relaxed about the situation and are keeping their fingers crossed Bent has recovered in time to face the Gunners. Villa manager Alex McLeish said: "We can't gamble with Darren. He has to tell me he's not feeling it (the injury) and say 'I'm okay to start.' "Then he'll be back in the reckoning without question. He has got a thigh-cum-groin kicking strain. He came off the training pitch on Tuesday after having a shot at goal. "When it's not a clash between two players and they pull up, it means something else has happened and it can be quite serious. "But the...
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