Ray Parlour backs Stiliyan Petrov to be a hit in the dressing room if he makes Aston Villa comeback

The Bulgarian has full recovered from leukaemia treatment.

Yesterday saw former Aston Villa midfielder Stiliyan Petrov admit that he was keen on a return to professional football with Aston Villa.

He told Sky Sports:

"I'm looking forward to a return to football again.

"I've told Aston Villa that I'm ready to start a pre-season with them. Obviously they will always have the first look.”

Petrov has of course not played since March 2012 after having to step away from the game to receive treatment for leukaemia.

Now 36-years-old his idea to return to the game may seem far-fetched but former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes that Villa fans will welcome the boost of his potential return and that the veteran could be a great addition to the changing room at Villa Park: He told talkSPORT:

“He’s 36-years-old. Whether he can compete? It’s a competitive league that Championship and there are a lot of youngsters in there as well. Let’s wait and see.

“It’s nice to hear and I am sure the Aston Villa fans will like it, they need a bit of cheering up.

“Get him involved in the club. Even if he’s not playing on a regular basis, in the dressing room he might help the players around him.”

Petrov was an integral member of the Villa team during his time with the club and, if he could rediscover his former glories, would be a vital member of the Villa first-team squad.

His experience, passion and hunger would be an inspiration to all of his team-mates and he would hopefully go a long way toward unifying the dressing room once again.

Hopefully his return does come about soon as it would be a little shimmer of light at the end of this gloomy Villa season.

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