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: