The Aston Villa striker missed out on the squad for the World Cup qualifiers over Moldova and Ukraine having failed to be included in the Euro 2012 squad.
The 28-year-old spent a large part of last season on the treatment table, but Hodgson believes that both he and Peter Crouch will both have a place in the squad when they return to form.
"They have both played for England in the past," said Hodgson.
"Darren Bent was injured for a large part of last season and the new season is only three Premier League games old. He is a player we'll be following.
England take on Ukraine at Wembley on Tuesday night in their second World Cup qualifying match.