Davies makes shock return

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Aston Villa's Curtis Davies has made a shock return to first-team action.

Davies ruptured his Achilles tendon against Arsenal in March and was not expected to be fit until October.

However, Davies - whose move from West Brom was made permanent over the summer despite his injury - has now played for an hour in a behind-closed-doors clash against Notts County.

"I feel great," he said.

"It was a good game to get 60 minutes in.

"I felt I could have played the full 90 but I'll take it slowly, one day at a time and see how I come through it.

"I've been looking at the new shirt for ages and just waiting to pull it on, so it was good to be back out there - albeit in a behind-closed-doors game.

"I felt comfortable and I didn't hold back."

Davies hinted he may be ready to start the new Premier League season, which is just two weeks away.

"Hopefully now I'll get another game soon and I can start to put a bit of pressure on Martin (Laursen) and Zat (Knight)," he said.