Agbonlahor was stripped of the club captaincy and suspended last season for off-field reasons as Aston Villa sunk out of the Premier League.
Former boss Roberto Di Matteo forced him to train with the club’s Under-23s but Bruce offered the outcast an olive branch when he took charge earlier this month.
And the new Villa boss has been pleased with Agbonlahor’s attitude in training this week.
“Gabby has dipped in and out with us,” Bruce said. “He’s on a programme at the moment, which he is a week into.