Stillyan Petrov insists he is happy to compete with Jermaine Jenas for his place in the starting line-up for Aston Villa, as the midfielder gets closer to a complete recovery from injury.

Jenas signed to Villa on loan from Tottenham in the summer transfer period, but the 28-year-old has been out of action with an Achilles injury, and this week is looking likely to finally feature on the pitch for the side as they take on Norwich on Saturday.

And Petrov believes that the more competition there is for a spot in the squad, the more motivated the rest of the players will be to go above and beyond for Villa.

"Jermaine has been unlucky with injuries so far but we know how important he can be for this team," he told the official Villa website.

"He has shown over the years what a good player he is.

"We already have competition for places between me, Stephen Ireland and Fabian Delph, and Jermaine will add to that.

"He's a typical midfielder. He can defend, he can attack, he can score goals and he's a good athlete. He will be a great addition to the squad when he starts playing."

Villa are currently ninth on the table, and with the side not experiencing a win in their last three matches, more depth in their midfield will only be a positive as the club aim for a mention in Europe next season.

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