Injury update: Cole returns to training after thigh problem
Paul Lambert has confirmed Joe Cole is back in training ahead of next week's Barclays Premier League opener against Stoke.
Cole, who joined Villa on a free transfer earlier this summer, has only featured once during pre-season after picking up a thigh injury.
The issue has kept him out of action since the friendly encounter at Mansfield on July 17.
Although Cole travelled to the USA for Villa's Texas tour, he missed both matches against FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo.
He was also unable to take part in the next three games against Chesterfield, Walsall and Parma.
But the 32-year-old midfielder has now resumed training with the rest of his team-mates.
"He is training now with the group, which is good," said the Villa manager.
"I know he has missed a wee bit but he is back training with the group. Everybody seems to be pretty healthy."
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