"I woke in the morning with a headache and a high temperature," revealed Darren. "The doctor told me I had a chest infection and couldn't play so I came straight home and luckily enough we have had the two weeks off with the international break and feel a lot better now.
"It wasn't nice, I wasn't sleeping too well and I didn't leave the house much in the following days. I'm getting over it now, still a bit bunged up, but as far as physical fitness goes I feel great."
Darren's last outing was was against Anorthosis Famagusta in the UEFA Cup, not a straightforward assignment for the strikers in a game where the home side were intent on a 6-1 deficit not increasing after the first leg.
"It was a hard game and, after the first one ended 6-1, they weren't going to let that happen again. It was a case of everyone being behind the ball and it was difficult, but it was another test for me, another match and hopefully there will be many more soon," added Darren, who believes the signs are positive after the display at Liverpool where the home side scraped a draw in the closing moments..
"Definitely, our performances over the last few weeks have shown what we are capable of. It is now just about getting the rub of the green, we know we've got players in the team capable of winning games for us and we also know that some team is going to get a hiding soon."
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Darren Bent reports that he has recovered from the illness that kept him out of the Liverpool game and is training well ahead of the trip to Newcastle on Monday.The striker headed home from the team hotel in the hours before the Anfield encounter, denying him the opportunity of possibly making an impact in what resulted in a 2-2 draw.