‘Aston Villa‘ captain Stiliyan Petrov was diagnosed with Leukemia today. The Bulgarian player, 32, sought help from doctors after contracting a fever after Saturday’s game against old rival ‘Arsenal‘, and a series of medical tests have confirmed that he was the illness.
The club have issued a statement: “We expect to learn more about Stiliyan‘s situation in due course and we have moved quickly to support him and his family. 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.” A representative for the ‘Professional Footballers’ Association‘ added: “It’s a terrible shock, especially so soon after what has happened to Fabrice Muamba.”
The club’s manager, Alex McLeish said: “We think it is in the early stages and Stan will get the best medical attention possible. Everybody here is behind Stan and everybody will be pretty shocked by the news. I’ve not spoken to any of the players. I think one or two who were close to him were aware that he was awaiting news of fuller tests. So the players will be gutted but hopefully galvanized to win this game for their captain tomorrow.”
It certainly doesn’t seem like footballers have a lot of luck health-wise at the moment!