Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has been diagnosed with acute leukemia, the Premier League soccer club said on its website.
The diagnosis was confirmed by tests the 32-year-old midfielder underwent for a fever following last weekend’s loss at Arsenal.
“We expect to learn more about Stiliyan’s situation in due course and we have moved quickly to support him and his family,” the club said in a statement. “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.”
Petrov has appeared in 196 games since joining Villa from Celtic during the 2006-07 season. The Bulgarian has scored four of his nine goals for the team this season.