Stan Petrov has Leukaemia

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Aston Villa have announced that captain Stiliyan Petrov is suffering from "acute leukaemia."


A club statement read: "The Villa board received news today that our long-standing captain Stiliyan Petrov has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

"Stiliyan developed a fever following the Arsenal game last Saturday and subsequently underwent tests.

"Haematology experts confirmed the diagnosis today. We expect to learn more about Stiliyan's situation in due course.

"During this time we ask that Stiliyan's privacy is placed ahead of all inquiries.

"Stiliyan is cherished by many and he will get from Villa every ounce of love and support."

Petrov, 32, joined Villa in a £6.5 million deal from Celtic in August 2006 and has made 185 Premier League appearances for the club.

He played over 300 matches in seven seasons with the Hoops, having joined from CSKA Sofia in 1999.

The winner of the 2003 Bulgarian Footballer of the Year award, Petrov has also played over 100 matches for his national team, which he has captained since Dimitar Berbatov quit internationals in 2010.

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gutted to hear about this. Brilliant player and my favourite along with Larsson during the MON years. Was devastated when he left us.

Hope he can get through this, The celtic fans will be there to help him thats for sure. God Bless Stan The Man. YNWA

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Terrible news, absolutely shocked by it. Having never met him and looking from the outside in, he seems like a dedicated, hard-working and humble person - a kind and caring guy. The tragedy is that he has a young family that he obviously loves, they will help him as he hopefully wins his battle. The one possible positive in this situation is that he is surrounded by world class doctors and that he is in a position where he will get the best possible care. He has already stated with some determination that he will beat this and I'm sure everyone in football is praying for the same outcome. Get well soon Stan.

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