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.
Im so happy I've been given the opportunity to join @avfcofficial 1st team for pre-season. I've put a lot of hard work to come to this stage
And the last hurdle will be even tougher but Im physically and mentally prepared to jump over it!
Thanks a lot for all your continuous support and I hope you all get behind the team whatever my outcome is! They need you more than ever
The former captain has been recovering from leukaemia, first diagnosed in 2012.Read the full story ›
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 Petrov XI lined up against a team made up of Aston Villa legends in the match which kicked off at 2pm this afternoon.
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.
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.
The charity match tomorrow at Celtic Park will feature Gabriel Agbonlayor, John Terry and comedian John Bishop.
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.
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.
Pete Gough from Shropshire has just completed a 310-mile run from Celtic Park in Glasgow to Aston Villa in Birmingham.
He was greeted by former captain Stiliyan Petrov who inspired him to do the run.
He's raised over £5,00 for a leukaemia 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 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.