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Aston Villa skipper Petrov poised to make Wembley

Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov is winning his battle to be fit for Sunday's Carling Cup final against Manchester United at Wembley.

The Bulgaria international has been laid low with a virus and missed Wednesday night's FA Cup fifth-round replay success over Crystal Palace at Villa Park.

Petrov was given the all-clear yesterday to resume training and is set to lead Villa's attempt to lift their first major trophy for 14 years.

The 30-year-old has been an inspirational figure in Villa's push for a domestic cup double and a Champions League spot via a top-four Premier League placing this season.

Petrov said: “The virus is okay. It is better. I've been on antibiotics for the last three or four days and we are expecting every day for it to get better and better.

“I've done a bit of training and it should be okay for Sunday.

“Against Burnley at the weekend I played with a little fever and then I felt really bad after the game.

“I had a lot of pain in my body and my chest was really tight and on Monday I was really bad so I started the antibiotics straight away.

“I've had my chest checked and it was clear so I can go to train, but, even if there had been a doubt, I was going to push right to the end because we have worked so hard as a team to get to that final and nobody would want to miss it.”

Petrov has also been defying an Achilles problem in recent weeks.

He said: “The Achilles is okay. I've been having treatment and it has been responding very well.”

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