Photo: Gabriel Agbonlahor back in Aston Villa training

Aston Villa

Gabriel Agbonlahor has not been seen in an Aston Villa shirt since the end of September.

Aston Villa's official Twitter account has posted a picture of Gabriel Agbonlahor back in first-team training on Friday, as he steps up his recovery from injury.

Agbonlahor has been out since the middle of September, after he picked up a calf injury against Birmingham City, but he is nearing fitness again now.

The rapid striker's return is good news for Villa, as they have been struggling to pick up victories over the campaign so far.

The Claret and Blues have not won since the opening day of the campaign, and Tim Sherwood will be keen to have all of his options available to him.

Villa are currently sat in 19th place in the Premier League, and Agbonlahor's experience could be crucial to the squad, given the pressure that is building on them.

In Agbonlahor's absence, Rudy Gestede has generally led the line for Sherwood's men, but he is still adapting to playing in England's top flight.

Agbonlahor could be in the Villa squad to face Swansea City on Saturday, in what is a huge game for the Midlands outfit as they look to move out of the relegation zone. 

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch