The Rams struggled through a period where Bent was unavailable, but he’s revealed that he’s suffered no setbacks in his comeback from the problem and is determined to work hard over the rest of the season.
“I feel good now. I've not had any recurrence or twinges. It feels a lot stronger than it did when I injured it, so I feel fine and ready to go,” said Bent.
Bent’s experience and consistency up front are going to be key over the rest of the campaign as Derby aim to consolidate in the play-offs and finish as high as possible in the table.
He’s been impressive for the Rams since he signed on loan, with eight goals and two assists so far, which is a tally he’ll be eager to improve on for the benefit of the team.
The side are currently fifth with a one point cushion over the sides chasing the top six with Brentford and Wolves just behind in seventh and eighth positions.
The situation is tense and is one where Derby manager Steve McClaren can’t afford to take any risks over the state of fitness with any of his key players.
Hamstring problems are one of the most difficult for any player to overcome, but Bent seems to be fully over his latest setback and determined to power the Rams into English football’s top flight.