Darren Bent has returned to Aston Villa training.

He missed Villa's last four matches with a foot injury picked up in training last month but could return against Liverpool on Sunday.

Villa feared the £24million striker had suffered a break to put him out for the rest of this season.

But boss Paul Lambert revealed Bent is back to help Villa battle the drop.

Lambert said: "Benty's back training. He got a kick.

"One of the lads caught his foot but he's OK."