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

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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