Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish revealed Stiliyan Petrov "couldn't wait to get started" after beginning treatment for acute leukaemia at a London hospital on Monday.

Petrov was accompanied by his wife, Paulina, and McLeish as part of a show of support from Villa after the Bulgarian's diagnosis was revealed last Friday. McLeish described Petrov - nicknamed Stan - as being in "high spirits" and determined to fight the illness "head on" following an outpouring of support from the football community.

"The chairman Randy Lerner, the chief executive Paul Faulkner, myself went to see Stiliyan with the support of his wife on this the very first day of his road to recovery," McLeish said. "He's determined to meet it head on - we expect that from Stan."

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