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Stiliyan Petrov back at Aston Villa for pre-season training

Stiliyan Petrov is returning to Aston Villa after four years away from football.

Stiliyan Petrov Credit: PA

The former Aston Villa captain has been recovering from leukaemia, which was first diagnosed in 2012.

He will take part in pre-season training at first-team level, and manager Roberto Di Matteo has revealed he will travel with the group to Austria and join the squad at their training camp.

The news has gone down very well with fans on twitter, with people calling him a "hero", an "absolute inspiration", an "example of fighting spirit", and "one of the great comeback stories".