Stiliyan Petrov leukaemia battle: Brave smile of the Premier League footballer transformed by cancer

Brave smile of the Premier League footballer whose super-athletic body has been utterly transformed by cancer Stiliyan Petrov was diagnosed last year after feeling tired and run downHad an acute form of the illness, meaning his survival chances were 50/50 Now in remission after chemotherapy and will take medication for two years Having learned more about his condition, says he is 'lucky to be alive' .

Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has acute leukaemia

Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov is suffering from acute leukaemia Acute leukaemia is an aggressive cancer of the white blood cells | UPDATED: 15:25 GMT, 30 March 2012 Cherished player: Stillian Petrov has captained Aston Villa since 2009 Football has been rocked by a third shock illness to a player within just two weeks after Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov was diagnosed with acute leukaemia.