Villa players shocked by Petrov news

Aston Villa players are shocked by Stiliyan Petrov's diagnosis.

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."

Midfielder Barry Bannan, who grew up watching Petrov at Celtic, added: "Stan my hero, get well soon mate."

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