By Amir Mir

The Aston Villa trio of Stiliyan Petrov, Tommy Elphick and Jordan Amavi trained with the first team as the squad looks to bounce back from relegation.

Former captain Petrov has returned to the senior set-up after being diagnosed with leukaemia in 2012 which forced him to retire from the game.

However, the 35-year-old defied the odds to make a miraculous recovery and is now training with the first team squad at Bodymoor Heath as they prepare for a gruelling Championship season.

Pictures from the official Villa Twitter account show Petrov being put through his paces on Monday. One Twitter post from the club read: “This man continues to amaze me.”

Left-back Amavi was back in training after his eight month injury lay-off which kept him out of action for the majority of the 2015-16 season.

Despite only playing a handful of games, the 22-year-old impressed the supporters with his technically astute attacking and defensive performances.

As reported by Football Insider, the popular defender recently tweeted a picture of him playing at Villa Park which hinted he could stay at the club despite strong Premier League and European interest in his services.

New boy Tommy Elphick was also put through his paces as he begins life at Villa Park following a switch from Premier League side Bournemouth for a fee of £3 million.

Manager Roberto Di Matteo will be hoping he can put together a strong squad as the club look to put the disasters of the previous campaign behind them.

The Italian will be aiming for instant promotion back to the Premier League and will be hoping his players are up for the tough challenges ahead.

In other Aston Villa news, manager Di Matteo steps up the pursuit of a Premier League ace as the Midlands outfit are not put off by the players demands.