Aston Villa players are shocked by Stiliyan Petrov's diagnosis.
Petrov, 32, was yesterday diagnosed with acute leukaemia - cancer of the blood - and rushed to a London hospital to begin immediate treatment for the condition.
Striker Darren Bent said: "Really sad news to hear about our captain Stan Petrov, hopefully he'll be back fighting fit soon. Thoughts are with him and his family. KTF."
Keeper Shay Given tweeted: "In shock about Stiliyan but we are all here for him and his family. Please God he makes a full recovery, pray for Stan."