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Barca coach Vilanova suffers cancer relapse, may step down

Associated Press
Dec 19, 2012 at 07:48pm IST

Barcelona: Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova is set to step down from his post after suffering a relapse of a tumour he had removed last year, according to reports in Spain.

Barcelona has cancelled meetings with the club president and journalists amid reports that coach Tito Vilanova is ill. The club says "they have suspended a meeting with President Sandro Rosell scheduled for this afternoon" and "has canceled Christmas lunch with the media."

Barcelona said on their website on Wednesday that a new statement will be released later in the day. Sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo said on their website that Vilanova has fallen ill.

Barca coach Vilanova suffers cancer relapse, may step down

Tito Vilanova could be forced to step down from his role after it emerged that he has suffered a relapse of a tumor he had last year.

Vilanova had a tumor removed last year from a saliva gland. Vilanova took over from Pep Guardiola this season after passing medical checks and with the approval of the doctors who had treated him. Barcelona have won 15 of their first 16 league games and lead the standings with 46 points, nine ahead of Atletico Madrid.

Tito Vilanova could be forced to step down from his role after it emerged that he has suffered a relapse of a tumor he had last year.

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