Petrov lucky to be alive
Aston Villa midfielder Stiliyan Petrov says he is lucky to be alive after completing his first year of treatment for leukaemia.
The 33-year-old Bulgaria international was diagnosed with the illness in March last year, forcing him to abruptly suspend his playing career.
"I've had my hard moments but I've had good moments as well. I'm lucky because some people with this disease will die very quickly," he said in a video published on the club website on Wednesday.
"I'm glad that this hard year is behind me now and I can concentrate on getting back to my life."
Petrov also announced plans to launch his own leukaemia foundation.