PHOTO: Christian Benteke in new Aston Villa shirt for the first time

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Christian Benteke has been snapped in Aston Villa's new home shirt for the first time as he continues his comeback from a long-term injury.

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has been photographed wearing this season’s home shirt for the first time.

The Belgian international has been side-lined for the last five months with an Achilles tendon injury, but the Premier League high-fliers received a huge boost this week when he returned to training.

It is now being reported that Benteke - who moved from Genk to Villa Park for £7million back in 2012 - will be back in contention for a first-team spot before the end of the month.

Villa have started the new campaign in blistering form, winning three and drawing one of their opening four matches. As a result they currently sit second in the table, just two points behind leaders Chelsea who have a 100 per cent record thus far.

Villa have some tough matches coming up, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton all on the horizon; and while Benteke will take time to get back to full fitness, Paul Lambert will be hoping he soon has the prolific front-man back in his exciting young side.

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