Aston Villa have announced that club captain Stiliyan Petrov has received positive news as he battles to overcome acute leukaemia, saying the cancer is in remission.
The 33-year-old midfielder was diagnosed with the illness in March after developing a fever following the Barclays Premier League match against Arsenal.
The Bulgarian international has undergone regular treatment at a London hospital since the start of April.
A statement on Aston Villa’s website (www.avfc.co.uk/) read: “It is with great delight that the club can confirm on behalf of our long-standing captain, Stiliyan Petrov, that Stan’s acute leukaemia is in remission.
“He and his family have been moved by the depth of feeling stirred in so many people”
– Aston Villa statement
“Stan would like to take this opportunity to express his deep gratitude to the medical staff who have looked after him so well since his condition was diagnosed just over four months ago.
“He also wishes to place on record again his profound sense of appreciation for the incredible outpouring of love and support he has received from Villa fans, his team-mates and colleagues at the club, as well as football fans and many more people around the world during this period.
“He and his family have been moved by the depth of feeling stirred in so many people and he has taken great strength from it, too.”
The club added: “Stan’s fight is not over. There will be further battles to overcome in the days, weeks and months ahead.
“But he would like to share with you this tremendous news now and, in time, deliver his own personal message to all of you.”
Petrov has established himself as a key player for Villa since moving to the club from Scottish side Celtic in 2006, making 184 League appearances.
News of his condition has led to a massive outpouring of support and Petrov received an emotional standing ovation when he appeared at Villa Park at the end of March.
(by @callmeydep) FOOTBALL411 Correspondent Asia