Aston Villa Stiliyan Petrov captain diagnosed with Acute Leukaemia

Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has been diagnosed with Acute Leukaemia
Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has been diagnosed with Acute Leukaemia Photo: ITV Central

The Aston Villa board has announced the club's long-standing captain Stiliyan Petrov has been diagnosed with Acute Leukaemia.

A statement on the club's website reads: "Stiliyan developed a fever following the Arsenal game last Saturday and subsequently underwent tests conducted by Dr Ian McGuinness. Haematology experts confirmed the diagnosis today."

It added: "Stiliyan is cherished by many and he will get from Villa every ounce of love and support that we have to help bring this to a positive conclusion."

The footballing world has pledged support for Stiliyan Petrov on Twitter:

"In shock about Stiliyan Petrov acute leukaemia but we are all here for him and his family. Please God he makes a full recovery.#prayforstan"

– SHAY GIVEN ON TWITTER

"Terribly sad to hear that Stiliyan Petrov the Aston Villa Captain has been diagnosed with Leukaemia. Thoughts are with him and his family."

– GARY LINEKER ON TWITTER

"Terrible news about Stylian Petrov's illness. Best wishes go out to him and his family. Praying he can make a full recovery. #prayforstan"

– TITUS BRAMBLE ON TWITTER