Aston Villa latest: Including Stiliyan Petrov and Delph's commitment

All of the latest news to come from Villa Park.

Aston Villa captain and midfielder Stiliyan Petrov has given an insight into his battle against cancer. Petrov is through the worst of his treatment and is being tipped for a coaching role at the club once his recovery has been completed and he has regained his basic strength.

Fabian Delph has revealed he is willing to miss the birth of his first child to play his part for Aston Villa. The 23-year-old is set to become a father next month but says his commitment to his job at Aston Villa means he will have to miss the birth if Paul Lambert selects him to play.

Paul Lambert has revealed key striker Gabby Agbonlahor is winning his battle to be fit for the match against Manchester United. Villa go to Old Trafford on Monday night looking to become only the third team this season to walk away from United with all three points.

Charles N’Zogbia has insisted he is not about to throw his toys out of the pram. The French winger has been used more as an impact substitute in recent matches but has revealed he doesn’t really care if it means the side keeps winning and manages to stay in the Premier League.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has thanked the club’s supporters for their support and commitment this season. Lambert has paid tribute to a set of fans that have been made to endure some abysmal results this season as the club looks to stay up and consolidate in the Premier League.

Fabian Delph says the experience of the lower leagues in the current Aston Villa squad is what’s driving the side to stay up. Villa have produced some impressive results lately but face a daunting trip to Manchester United next Monday, which could be difficult for them to get anything.

Aston Villa’s Nathan Baker has revealed the club are confident they will avoid the drop. Baker has been blamed for some basic errors in recent matches but his performances have improved in parallel with some more impressive results for the Midlands club.

Former Aston Villa star Stan Collymore has tipped current striker Christian Benteke to emulate legend Peter White. White was the last forward to score 20 league goals in a single season for the club, with Benteke closing in on that tally with 15 Premier League goals.

Aston Villa are thought to be ready to go head-to-head with Celtic to sign 23-year-old Luke Murphy from Crewe Alexandra. Both clubs have reportedly been scouting the midfielder who played a vital role as in Crewe’s recent win over Southend United in the Johnstones Paint Trophy final.

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