The former Bulgaria skipper, who is still battling acute leukaemia, was a welcome visitor prior to Villa’s 2-1 defeat of Ipswich Town.
Given said: "Stiliyan was in before the game. It was fantastic to see him. He’s a real fighter and a great guy.
"We know we are in a relegation fight in the league but to see the fight Stan is having is really inspirational.
"He’s still a joker and comes in as if nothing is the matter.
"He came over to me to ask if I remembered what I was supposed to be doing!"