The Villa boss is confident that their record Premier League scorer can still have a future at the club.
Bent's old side Aston Villa travel to bitter rivals Birmingham City on Sunday.
The new Villa boss has picked a total of 18 different starters over his first three games in charge of the club.
Steve Bruce returns to Birmingham City as Aston Villa manager on Sunday.
The experienced striker has not featured for the first-team for over six months due to a series of discipline and fitness problems.
Steve Bruce has been able to steer Aston Villa to a very good start with the club rising to 16th in the league with 17 points.
The Midlands rivals are all set for their first league meeting since 2011.
Former Birmingham boss Bruce will take his new club Aston Villa to St Andrew's this weekend.
David Moyes has failed to win any of his first nine Premier League matches in charge of Sunderland.