The England striker's removal from the action coincided with a spirited comeback by the home side, leading many to wonder if that was Bent's last game.
Bent has begun just seven Premier League games this season and he obviously does NOT get on with manager Paul Lambert - who has omitted him completely from the squad often due to 'tactical reasons'.
Numerous clubs have been linked with a move for the striker, including Newcastle United, although Alan Pardew cannot have been impressed by him last night.
And having spent £18m this month, Villa's asking price is out of Pardew's reach this transfer window.
The Daily Mail reports that Stoke City are ready with a bid of £10m for the 29-year-old.
Fulham and QPR have also been linked with Bent, however the report says Aston Villa are not willing to sell to clubs in and around them in the relegation fight.