Stiliyan Petrov back in Aston Villa shirt for first time in four years
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 09/07/16 8:41pm
Stiliyan Petrov has made his first Aston Villa appearance in more than four years after recovering from cancer.
Petrov played the second half as Villa eased to an 8-0 victory over Austrian side GAK, the 37-year-old stepping up his comeback after beating leukaemia.
Bulgaria midfielder Petrov last turned out for Villa in March 2012, before retiring due to his illness.
The 105-cap international confirmed his comeback earlier this summer, and has now duly donned Villa's claret and blue on their pre-season tour.
A Jordan Ayew double and goals from Micah Richards and Libor Kozak put Villa in total control, leading 4-0 at the break.
New boss Di Matteo changed the entire team at half-time, and doubles from Joe Bennett and Rudy Gestede ensured Villa coasted home.