N’Zogbia, 26, has backed England international Bent to prove his boss wrong.
“The manager will decide,” he said.
“What Darren has to do when he plays is to show a reaction,” he added at the launch of ‘Villa Vitality’, a Premier League-funded children’s obesity prevention programme which was launched in association with NHS Birmingham.
“Darren Bent is a fighter, so this will not be a problem for him.”
And N’Zogbia added: “Maybe he’ll miss the odd game and be on the bench but when he starts playing, he’s going to score.”