Gary Gardner tweets excitement ahead of return to Aston Villa training

The 22-year-old, who spent some of last term on loan at Nottingham Forest, is ready for the new season.

There's a sense of deja vu as Gary Gardner prepares to return to Aston Villa training.

Indeed, he was in exactly the same scenario at the end of last season. Then, the midfielder had spent a spell on loan with Nottingham Forest in the Championship.

Once Forest's campaign ended, there was time for Gardner to return to Aston Villa for a few weeks of training. He did so but failed to register any playing time, largely as it was too late. Now, he is raring to go once more, tweeting his excitement that he returns to practice ahead of the new season on Monday.

Pre-season will likely be far more grueling for the 22-year-old than the mid-season routines, with a focus on fitness so intense Fulham striker Matt Smith recently admitted to Sky Sports throwing up is far from uncommon for professional footballers.

Can Gardner make an impact at Aston Villa after his Nottingham Forest spell? He certainly has the potential and will surely be given the chance by boss Tim Sherwood. No wonder the youngster is looking forward to the new Premier League campaign.

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