Aston Villa says that captain Stiliyan Petrov is in remission following treatment for acute leukemia.

Petrov was diagnosed with leukemia four months ago and Villa says on behalf of the Bulgarian international midfielder that ''he and his family have been moved by the depth of feeling stirred in so many people and he has taken great strength from it, too.''

However, the club said ''Stan's fight is not over. There will be further battles to overcome in the days, weeks and months ahead.''

The 32-year-old Petrov joined Aston Villa in 2006 from Celtic.