ASTON Villa have announced that club captain Stiliyan Petrov is winning his battle against leukaemia, with the Bulgarian's cancer now in remission.
A statement on the club website www.avfc.co.uk read: "Stan would like to take this opportunity to express his deep gratitude to the medical staff who have looked after him so well since his condition was diagnosed just over four months ago.
"He also wishes to place on record again his profound sense of appreciation for the incredible outpouring of love and support he has received from Villa fans, his team-mates and colleagues at the club, as well as football fans and many more people around the world during this period.
"He and his family have been moved by the depth of feeling stirred in so many people and he has taken great strength from it, too.
"Stan's fight is not over. There will be further battles to overcome in the days, weeks and months ahead.
"But he would like to share with you this tremendous news now and, in time, deliver his own personal message to all of you."
The football club went on to thank everyone who had raised awareness of the condition.