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.”

 
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