By Amir Mir

Fan favourite Jordan Amavi was selected in the Aston Villa squad for their pre-season friendly against Premier League outfit Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon, and the Villa faithful were delighted with the news following his long-term knee injury.

Left-back Amavi is a popular figure among Villa supporters as a result of his fine performances at the start of the 2015-16 Premier League season, before a serious knee injury cut his season short last November.

The news gave a well-needed boost to the Villa support as they head into the forthcoming Championship season.

Many supporters were questioning whether the talented full-back will be fit enough for the club’s opening Championship fixture against Sheffield Wednesday on 7 August.

Fellow teammate Jordan Lyden praised the youngster for his hard work.

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Here are the reactions of the Villa fans on Twitter.

In other Aston Villa team news, the club’s academy graduate believes Villa have a great chance of earning instant promotion to the Premier League this season.