Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish revealed skipper Stiliyan Petrov was in "amazing spirits" on his first day of treatment after being diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

Villa owner Randy Lerner, chief executive Paul Faulkner and McLeish visited Petrov in the London hospital where he will be undergoing treatment after news of his condition was announced on Friday.

The Scot said: "Stan is determined to meet it head on, as we'd expect from him. He's talking really positively and couldn't wait to get started to try to beat off this illness that he has."

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