Aston Villa hit by Petrov blow

LONDON - Aston Villa captain Stilian Petrov will be out for at least two months after the midfielder injured his knee in Saturday's Premier League defeat at Sunderland.

"Unfortunately I think we have lost Stilian Petrov for maybe at least two months," Villa manager Gerard Houllier told the club's website on Monday.

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"We will see if he needs an operation or not - we will know that by the middle of the week."

The Bulgarian international picked up the injury in the first half of Saturday's 1-0 defeat, which left Villa in 10th place after nine matches.