Thursday media watch [18.04.13 AM]: Petrov dominates headlines
Daily Express: Stiliyan Petrov feels he is lucky to be alive as he continues his battle with leukaemia. The 33-year-old Aston Villa midfielder also paid tribute to his family and supporters on a visit to the Bodymoor Heath Training Ground.
Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa hero Stiliyan Petrov revealed he is winning his cancer battle a year on from his diagnosis and then said: "I've had the support of millions." The club captain, 33, dropped in at the team's Bodymoor Heath Training Ground where he spoke about his brave fight against acute leukaemia.
Daily Mirror: Stiliyan Petrov claims he is lucky to be alive after a horrendous year battling acute leukaemia. The Aston Villa star sent the football world into shock a year ago when he was diagnosed having struggled through 90 minutes at Arsenal last March believing he was just suffering from a cold. But doctors soon diagnosed leukaemia and Petrov revealed the swift, aggressive chemotherapy treatment has sent the disease into remission.
Daily Star: Stiliyan Petrov will support Aston Villa in person during their relegation fight after admitting he is lucky to be alive. The 33-year-old Villa skipper was diagnosed with leukaemia in March 2012 but is now in remission.
Daily Mail: Stiliyan Petrov has admitted he is lucky to be alive after speaking for the first time about his battle with leukaemia. In an emotion address at Aston Villa's training ground, the former Bulgaria skipper said he realised how fortunate he was after learning more about the disease.
The Sun: Cancer-hit Stiliyan Petrov has vowed to support Aston Villa's relegation fight in person after admitting: I'm lucky to be alive. The Bulgarian - nicknamed Stan - was diagnosed with leukaemia just over a year ago. But, after finishing 12 months of high-intensity treatment, he says he is returning to a normal life.
Guardian: Stiliyan Petrov has admitted that he feels lucky to be alive as he continues his battle with acute leukaemia. The Aston Villa captain, who was diagnosed with the disease in March last year, has undergone intensive bouts of chemotherapy treatment and is now in remission.
Times: Stiliyan Petrov wants to repay the support the Aston Villa crowd have been giving him in the nineteenth minute of every match by cheering on his team-mates for all this season's remaining matches. The Villa club captain, who is in remission after completing his first year of treatment for leukaemia, is backing Paul Lambert's team to avoid relegation.
Telegraph: Stiliyan Petrov, the Aston Villa captain, who is recovering from leukaemia, admitted he is lucky to have survived what he at first thought was a common cold. Petrov was diagnosed in March last year, since when the Villa fans have paid tribute to him at every game by applauding the 19th minute - the Bulgarian's shirt number is 19.
Birmingham Mail: Wanted man Christian Benteke admits he owes Paul Lambert a debt of gratitude and is determined to repay Villa for the faith they have shown in him.
Birmingham Mail: Fabian Delph admits Villa's lower league graduates are desperate to prolong their Premier League experience and are in no mood to return to their modest roots.
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