Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish says captain Stiliyan Petrov remains in positive spirits.
He was diagnosed with acute leukaemia last Friday (31 March) and started treatment for acute leukaemia yesterday.
The club said the player developed a fever following the game against Arsenal on March 24.
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish said, “He is determined to meet it head on. He was talking positively and actually couldn’t wait to get [the treatment] started.
“He has shown the commitment on the pitch. He’s a pure leader. He wants to lead himself through this.”