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Petrov 'so happy' to join Aston Villa training

Stiliyan Petrov Credit: Martin Rickett / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Four years after being diagnosed with leukaemia Stiliyan Petrov is returning to Aston Villa.

The former Villa captain will take part in pre-season training at first-team level.

Manager Roberto Di Matteo has revealed he will travel with the group to Austria and join the squad at their training camp.

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Stars and public show support at match for Stiliyan Petrov's charity

Ex-Aston Villa players Julian Joachin and Alan Wright were among those playing for a special XI today Credit: ITV News Central

A host of former Premier League football stars have turned out for a charity football match today, in aid of Stiliyan Petrov's charity foundation.

A host of former Premier league stars turned out to play alongside Petrov, who was diagnosed with Leukaemia last year Credit: ITV News Central

A Petrov XI lined up against a team made up of Aston Villa legends in the match which kicked off at 2pm this afternoon.

The public turned out in good numbers to watch the charity football match Credit: ITV News Central

Premier League stars support Petrov match

Petrov retired from professional football after a battle with cancer Credit: PA

A host of Premier League stars will play for Bulgaria in a charity football match today to raise money for Stilliyan Petrov's charity.

The former Aston Villa skipper was forced to retire from professional football after a battle with leukaemia.

Petrov will line up with the likes of Julian Joachin and Alan Wright, while Steve Staunton, Bryan Small and European Cup-winning aces Ken McNaught, are expected to turn out for their opponents.

Kick off is a 2pm in at the Trevor Brown Memorial Stadium, Boldmere.

Petrov to play football again

Petrov was forced to retire from professional football after being diagnosed with leukaemia Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Former Aston Villa captain Stilliyan Petrov will line up alongside a host of ex-Villa stars in a charity match in Sutton Coldfield today.

The match is taking place at the Trevor Brown Memorial Stadium in Boldmere at 2pm in aid of the former skipper's new foundation.

Petrov was forced to retire from professional football following a battle with leukaemia.

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Petrov taking time out from Villa role

Former Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Former Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov is taking time away from his role at the club.

The assistant Under-21 coach is taking time out after finding the job to be "too much too soon", following his recovery from acute leukaemia.

Petrov has been in remission for 12 months and was appointed the position in May.

He said he hopes to return in the future.

VIDEO: Villa runs 310-miles for charity

A football fan who ran 310 miles in 13 days was greeted with a big surprise as he completed the last leg of his run.

Pete Gough, from Shropshire, ran from Celtic Park in Glasgow to Aston Villa where he was met by former captain, Stiliyan Petrov who'd inspired him to run for a leukaemia charity raising more than £5,000.

Villa fan runs 310 miles for charity

Stiliyan Petrov presents fan with special Villa shirt Credit: ITV Central

A football fan who ran 310 miles in 13 days was greeted with a big surprise as he completed the last leg of his multi-marathon run this afternoon.

Pete Gough, from Shropshire, ran from Celtic Park's ground in Glasgow to Aston Villa where he was greeted by former captain, Stiliyan Petrov who'd inspired him to run for a leukaemia charity.

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