My tribe

Ex-Villa skipper Petrov determined to play one last time at Celtic

Stiliyan Petrov is confident he will be able to play some part in a foundation game in his name at Celtic Park.

The former Aston Villa and Hoops midfielder, who was forced into retirement after being diagnosed with leukaemia last year, will lead a 'Stiliyan XI' versus a 'Celtic XI' on Sunday, 8 September at Parkhead and hopes to be involved from a playing perspective.

"I will play part of my benefit game, definitely," he said.

"I'm currently trying to get fit and lose a bit of weight.

"I'm not going to lie, I trained with some of the young boys at Villa and my body is still aching.

"My schedule has been running, bike rides and some gym work.

"It's difficult considering what I went through last year, but I will definitely play a bit of the game.

"I'm good right now. I'm on a maintenance programme, which is a softer treatment.

"I'm finished the intensive chemotherapy and I'm in remission, which is really positive. Everything is going to plan so far."

 The game is about opinions. Make yours heard! Join thetribalfootball.com nation on Facebook today: Facebook.com/tribalfootball

Andrew Slevison
About the author

Andrew Slevison

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?