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Petrov - Hardest Part Is Behind Me

After turning up to Bodymoor Heath today and enjoying some emotional Birthday scenes, Stiliyan Petrov has said the hardest part of his battle against Leukaemia is behind him.

Petrov clapping

As covered earlier in the day:

Happy Birthday Stiliyan.
Video: Petrov At Bodymoor

Speaking to avfc.co.uk, Stan admitted the last few months had been very tough, but he was now feeling much happier and far brighter especially given all the support he has received from fans and the wider footballing world, saying he now believes the 'hardest bit is over.'

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'I am just not going to stop fighting, I have always been a fighter and I will just keep fighting. I always believed that you need to be patient and you need to believe in things, and I believe I will get better. I know I've got a few more months of chemotherapy and I need to go through it, but I think that the hardest bit is over and from now on I just need to wait for the result to be positive.'

As the video above shows, it was an emotional return for Petrov on his Birthday and Paul Lambert confirmed that he will continue as the club captain for the coming season, and Petrov was clearly thankful for all that Villa have done for him since his diagnosis, especially pointing out masseurs Andy Smith and Alex Butler who are cycling from Celtic Park to Villa Park in September to raise funds for the charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

'It's great what they are doing for Leukaemia research and for me as well. It's going to be tough for them but they have been working really hard. I said to them if I go in remission and I can do a bit of training I can do one of the stages with them.'

A fantastic aim for Stan to have and one I'm sure all of us hope he can achieve, as news of full remission would be fantastic to hear.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 5 2012

Time: 8:40PM

Your Comments

We are all with you Stan, right around the world!! Keep fighting mate
AdzVilla11
One of the most moving aspects of the support for Petrov is that it has been sincere without being overly sentimental. That probably reflects the esteem this great player is held in. Kudos MF for not using the grotesque term 'football family' in your report.
VillaWillRiseAgain
Good news that he feels the worst bit is over, you're doing a great job Stan, keep up the fighting, you'll do it.
Pride of Lions
Damn straight! Hope you destroy it Stan. Hate everything about cancer. It's bull and its always happening to those who least deserve it.
Zarch
I've had a really crap day today, yet this again puts things in perspective as to what a problem really is and who a hero really is. Fellow Brum Tony Iommi is one & our adopted Brummy Stan is another. Well done guys, keep battling, keep winning & happy birthday Stan!
Windy Villain
Great to hear he's battling through it, lets hope he continues making good progress :)
thorpyuk
Keep strong Stan, great to see you on the mend :)
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