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."
More top news
A British amateur sailor died this morning after being hit by a sail while taking part in the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race.
Plans for seven-day GP services are "unrealistic" because of a shortage of doctors, the Government has been warned.
Forty-one people have been injured, four seriously, after a Welsh tourist coach was involved in a pile-up on a Swiss motorway.