BOLTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Kevin Davies (R) of Bolton Wanderers and Stiliyan Petrov of Aston Villa lay wreaths in memory of the late Gary Speed prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Bolton Wanderers and Aston Villa at Reebok Stadium on December 10, 2011 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
Setting the Narrative is a weekly look at the coming days in the life of Aston Villa Football Club. Here are your storylines for the week of April 2nd:
- The health of Stiliyan Petrov will obviously weigh heavy on the minds and hearts of Aston Villa and the club's supporters. By all accounts, Petrov has a long and difficult road ahead of him. Most of us know someone who has suffered from leukaemia, and too many of us will know people who have succumbed to it. There will come a time when we will be concerned by matters that are more imminent, that will seem more pressing. I'm about to write about them. None of that could possibly be more important than Stiliyan Petrov making a complete recovery. всичко най-хубаво, Stan.
- Now for a bit of pessimism. Aston Villa are not at all as safe as the victory over Fulham made us think, particularly given the losses of key players at exactly the wrong time. If Villa's remaining fixtures haven't already been burnt into your mind like a particularly long-winded cattle brand, they are: away at Liverpool, home to Stoke City, away at Manchester United, home to Sunderland and Bolton (thankfully, not at the same time), and a final trip to the Hawthorns to face local rivals West Bromwich Albion.