Aston Villa confirm Stiliyan Petrov will take part in pre-season

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Legendary ex-Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov is all set to resume training with his former side.

The move comes just four years after the Bulgarian was forced to walk away from the game he loves after he was unfortunately diagnosed with acute leukemia.

Now it seems he is finally free of the terrible condition and has his heart set on a wonderful comeback.


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He has since been officially invited to join up with Villa when they begin their Austrian tour, which commences on the 7th July. The former Bulgarian international, who managed to rack up an impressive 105 caps, is now fully focused on his comeback, and Villa are only too happy to accommodate this.

To Aston Villa's credit they have always left the door open, and will surely welcome him back with open arms.

Villa, who were recently relegated to the second tier of English football for the first time since 1987, have made the initial offer of allowing Petrov to train with them for a month in a non-contact basis.

Petrov will now have to work on his fitness to regain his match sharpness and ability to play at a high level.

After the months he spent battling the awful condition, he has since set up his own foundation to help suffers of leukemia. A truly great action, as he knows only too well the true extent and horror of the illness. Fueled by support and love from the Villa faithful, it now seems he is finally ready to make a return.

He always hoped he would one day return to where he truly belongs and grace the pitch again. It appears this dream is finally about to come to fruition.

The midfielder, who made 218 appearances for Villa and over 500 in British football, will surely give Villa fans something to smile about as he prepares to resume his career that was tragically cut short.

The 36-year-old, who hasn't played since the 2011/2012 campaign, is now all set, with the club confirming via Twitter that he will link up with the squad for pre-season.

He will of course have a lot of hard work ahead of him with him only recently playing for his local over-35 Sunday league team, Wychall Wanderers, but if anyone has the determination to back a dream comeback to the club he considers home, it's Petrov.

He has in fact been back with Villa since March 2015, when he joined in a coaching role and began training with U21s in April of 2016.

A truly inspirational story of real courage and determination.

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Joleon Lescott
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