Tim Sherwood has revealed he may ask Stiliyan Petrov to lead Aston Villa out at Wembley after his brave leukaemia fight.
Villa reached the FA Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 home win over neighbouring West Brom.
It completed back-to-back home derby victories over the Baggies which have coincided with the return of Petrov to the club.
New boss Sherwood has added Villa’s former club captain to his backroom staff for the last two matches.
The Bulgarian, 35, who retired in May 2013 after being diagnosed with leukaemia in March 2012, is in remission after finishing his treatment this year.
And Sherwood, in charge just four matches, admits he may let Petrov lead out the side next month at Wembley.
When quizzed about such a role for Petrov, Sherwood replied: “Good idea. It is a possibility.
In action: Former Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov
“We are pleased to have Stiliyan on board and involved. He can add something to this club this season and beyond.”
Villa are waiting to learn their opponents in the last four when the draw is made tonight.
And Villa skipper Fabian Delph, part of the side who embarrassingly lost to Bradford in the 2013 League Cup semi-final, is hoping to get his home-town team.
For that to happen, Bradford must first get past Championship Reading in a quarter-final replay at the Madejski Stadium.
Delph said: “I’d love to draw Bradford to be honest. I was born in Bradford but I’m a Leeds fan.
“Hopefully they will get through and we get them. Not so much for revenge but with a big pitch and young players, I’d enjoy playing them.”
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