Stan Collymore reacts to Stiliyan Petrov's return for Aston Villa

Stiliyan Petrov - Aston Villa

The midfielder featured in the pre-season friendly win over Gak 1902 on Saturday.

Stiliyan Petrov - Aston VillaStiliyan Petrov - Aston Villa

Stan Collymore has taken to social networking site Twitter to react to Stiliyan Petrov’s playing return for Aston Villa.

The midfielder made a surprise return to the club this summer as Roberto Di Matteo allowed him to train with his side.

Stiliyan Petrov - Aston VillaStiliyan Petrov - Aston Villa

He is looking to resume his playing career just four years after being diagnosed with leukaemia.

He took a major step towards doing just that on Saturday as he featured in the second half of Villa’s pre-season friendly win over Gak 1902.

Stiliyan Petrov celebrates after scoring the second goal for Aston VillaStiliyan Petrov celebrates after scoring the second goal for Aston Villa

The club’s fans were naturally delighted to see their former captain return and Collymore was among those to share his delight.

It now remains to be seen whether Petrov will be handed a permanent deal at Aston Villa ahead of next season.

The midfielder is proving to be something of a bright spot in what has been a disappointing year for them as a club. .

They could certainly do with some of that inspiration as they head into the Championship next season, and there would be no man better than their former captain to provide it.

Ashley Young (L) celebrates with Stiliyan Petrov after scoring Aston Villa's first goalAshley Young (L) celebrates with Stiliyan Petrov after scoring Aston Villa's first goal

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