Aston Villa striker Darren Bent sorry for 'shopping trip'

Darren Bent has apologised after a fan posted a picture claiming the striker was out shopping while his team-mates were losing 2-0 to Liverpool .

The Aston Villa forward was missing because of injury but the photo was put on Twitter during the game on Sunday.

Later the England striker apologised on his Twitter account  .

He said: "I hope to be back very soon. Watched the majority of he game on tv. Never knew popping out would cause an issue and for that I apologise."

Bent has scored five goals in 15 games for Villa this season but suffered a thigh injury in training.

After coming in for criticism from fans on Twitter, Bent wrote: "Nothing is more important to me than playing football, sadly injury meant I wasn't able to do that today. Gutted not to be involved......"