As the exhilarating World Cup draws to a conclusion, the Premier League is gearing up for another year. Aston Villa's players returned to Bodymoor Heath on Monday to begin training ahead of the new season.
Several of the names involved in the first day of training served as a reminder for how troublesome Villa's last season was. A host of players took part in the training who haven't been seen in a Villa shirt in months.
Injuries played a crucial part in Villa's 2013-14 season and left Paul Lambert's team without key figures for long periods of time. Many of these injured men were among those at the first day of training.
These players, along with others who had difficult years for other reasons, will be greatly anticipating the coming season and hoping to improve upon their performances from last year.
Here are six Villa players who are looking to bounce back in 2014-15.