Aston Villa Captain Stiliyan Petrov was diagnosed with acute leukaemia on Friday. The condition was diagnosed following tests after the midfielder developed a fever.
Petrov has been regular for his team this season and has scored 4 goals this season. He hasn’t trained since feeling sick with high temperatures in last weekend’s defeat at Arsenal.
A club statement read “we have to learn more about stiliyan’s situation in due course and we have moved quickly to support him and his family.
This is the second time this month English soccer is in shock over a player’s ill health, the first being Fabrice.
We wish them both speedy recoveries.
If you wat to know more about acute leukaemia you can read on....
All of our blood cells are produced by bone marrow, which is found inside the bones. Usually the bone marrow produces stem cells which are allowed to mature into 'adult' blood cells.
In cases of acute leukaemia, the affected bone marrow begins to release a large number of immature white blood cells that are known as blast cells.
The immature white blood cells begin to rapidly disrupt the normal balance of cells in the blood. This means that the body does not have enough red blood cells or platelet cells. This can cause symptoms of anaemia, such as tiredness, and increase the risk of excessive bleeding.
Also, as the white blood cells are not properly formed they become less effective at fighting bacteria and viruses, making you more vulnerable to infection.
The condition is more common in men than women and while the causes are unknown smoking and radiation exposure are known risk factors.
Acute leukaemia is fatal if left untreated because the blood supply will not function properly.
Treatment usually includes chemotherapy and radiotherapy. A bone marrow transplant may also be used. Cure rates depend on the subtype of leukaemia it is and can vary from 20 to 70 per cent.
If a cure is not possible, patients are vulnerable to life-threatening infections or uncontrolled serious bleeding.