Birmingham - Over three years since his retirement from
football, Stiliyan Petrov will train with Aston Villa ahead of next season, the
club confirmed on Thursday.
The 36-year-old, who is in remission after a battle with
acute leukaemia, announced in April that he was hoping to make a comeback.
New manager Robert Di Matteo has agreed for Petrov to join
up with the squad for their pre-season camp in Austria.
The Bulgarian midfielder has not played professionally since
March 2012, when he made the last of his 185 Premier League appearances for
Also read: Petrov to return to Villa
"Aston Villa football club is pleased to confirm
Stiliyan Petrov will take part in pre-season training at first-team
level," the club said in a statement.
"Manager Roberto Di Matteo has revealed the former club
captain will travel with the group to Austria as he joins the squad at their
"Stan will report next week with the rest of the
Petrov had been training with the club's Under-21 side with
a view to returning to first-team action.
The news is a boost for Di Matteo, who took over at Villa
Park after the West Midlands side were relegated from the Premier League for
the first time at the end of last season.
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