By Amir Mir
Aston Villa will not rush left-back Jordan Amavi back into action despite the youngster recovering from the knee injury he sustained last November, according to a report.
The 22-year-old has been training with the first-team but has yet to play a single minute during the club’s three pre-season friendlies against Austrian side GAK, and non-league outfits Worcester and Telford.
The Birmingham Mail report that Amavi had an extended rehabilitation programme which went well and has trained fully for the last 10 days.
But he will be wrapped in cotton wool by manager Roberto Di Matteo for another week as he steps up his return to fitness.
It is said that Amavi will not be involved in Villa’s fixtures against Bristol City on Wednesday and Saturday’s trip to his homeland of Nantes.
The club’s medical team have reportedly told the Frenchman to gradually build up his fitness as he returns from a long-term injury, despite the youngster’s determination to get back on the field.
The French-born defender signed from Ligue 1 side Nice last summer for a fee of £10 million for then-manager Tim Sherwood and proved to be only one of a few successful signings of the 2015 summer.
The Villa Park fan favourite impressed supporters with his efficient attacking and defensive performances last term before a cruciate ligament injury cut short his season.
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