Stiliyan Petrov to link up with Aston Villa in pre-season training after recovery from leukaemia

23 Jun

Aston Villa have confirmed that their former captain Stiliyan Petrov has been invited to resume training with the first team squad after recovering from an acute form of leukaemia.


Originally diagnosed with the illness in July 2012, the Bulgarian midfielder retired from the professional game a year later.

But he has now been invited to travel with the Villains to their pre-season training camp in Austria on July 7 ahead of a potential return to football.

The 36-year-old is looking to improve his fitness ahead of the upcoming season and has been invited by Roberto Di Matteo to train with his new squad on a non-contract basis.

Petrov had revealed earlier this year that he still harboured ambitions of playing at Villa Park once again, and was even secretly training with the club’s  Under-21 squad.

Villa will begin life in the Championship with a tricky trip to Hillsborough to face Sheffield Wednesday on August 7 following their relegation from the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history.

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