Petrov Leukaemia diagnosis

Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has been diagnosed with Acute Leukaemia, the club have announced.

Goodwill messages pour in for Petrov

Messages of support from Petrov's current and former teammates have poured in after the Aston Villa captain was diagnosed with Acute Leukaemia.

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1 of the nicest guys you'll ever meet and a top captain too. #Prayer4Petrov

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I feel very sad with the new of our captain Petrov,our support for him and his family,he is very strong and will win this battle

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Absolutely inconsolable here regarding Stilian.He will overcome this like all the other barriers he faced in his life..

What is Acute Leukaemia?

Aston Villa's captain Stiliyan Petrov has been diagnosed with Acute Leukaemia and we explain the condition in more detail.

  • Leukaemia is a disease where the cause of which is unknown and the bone marrow produces large numbers of abnormal cells.
  • Acute leukaemia can progress rapidly if not treated and develops in the immature bone marrow cells.
  • Symptoms can include a pale complexion, fatigue, joint pain, nosebleeds and repeated infections such as sore throats.
  • This type of leukaemia is rare and more common in children and young people, however it requires urgent medical treatment, usually with chemotherapy.

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The footballing world pledges support for Stiliyan Petrov

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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

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

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All cases of Leukaemia vary, but from personal experience with @georgelineker we know it can be beaten #goodluckStiliyan

Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov diagnosed with Leukaemia

The Aston Villa board has announced the club's long-standing captain Stiliyan Petrov has been 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. Credit: Press Association

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."