Aston Villa have this afternoon announced some extremely sad news to come out of the club about captain Stiliyan Petrov.
The Bulgarian international has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia following tests after the midfielder developed a fever after the defeat at Arsenal last weekend.
A club statement read:
The Villa Board received news today that our long-standing captain Stiliyan Petrov has been diagnosed with Acute Leukaemia.
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.
We expect to learn more about Stiliyan’s situation in due course and we have moved quickly to support him and his family.
During this time we ask that Stiliyan’s privacy is placed ahead of all inquiries and trust that we will share information as we receive it.
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.
Many did question the captains fitness following his below average performance against the North London side last weekend and now the news has broke.
I would personally along with every other Villa fan I am sure, like to send our best wishes to both Stan and his family and wish him a speedy recovery. Get well soon Stan!