Picture gallery: Players return for pre-season training
Images from first day back in training.
7th Jul 2014
Picture gallery: Players return for pre-season training

Preparations for the 2014-15 campaign got underway today as the Villa squad reported back for pre-season training.

Paul Lambert was joined for the first time by his new No.2 Roy Keane on the training pitches of Bodymoor Heath.

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All of Villa's first team stars were back in action, with the exception of World Cup trio Brad Guzan, Ron Vlaar and Philippe Senderos.

New signing Joe Cole joined in with his claret and blues team-mates, while Darren Bent, Charles N'Zogbia and Alan Hutton were also involved.

And youngsters Callum Robinson and Samir Carruthers took part in first team training too.

The players took part in a warm-up session with fitness coaches Michael Watts and Chris Lorkin, before getting down to some ball work.

Lambert, Keane and first team coach Scott Marshall oversaw a series of football excercises as the players got back into the swing of things.

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