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Tito Vilanova will be back in 15 to 20 days, say Barcelona

Reuters
Dec 29, 2012 at 11:47am IST

Barcelona: Barcelona president Sandro Rosell says coach Tito Vilanova, who suffered a recurrence of cancer in his saliva glands earlier this month, will be back at work midway through January. Vilanova underwent surgery on December 20, a day after the club announced that the 44-year-old's condition had returned. He first had treatment in 2011.

"He'll be back within 15 or 20 days, but he must spend some days at the hospital and rest," said Rosell in Dubai on Friday. "He will mix work with his treatment. The most important thing is his health. Right now football comes second," added Rosell.

Barcelona have made a record-breaking start to their first season under Vilanova, who replaced friend Pep Guardiola at the helm at the end of the last term, by dropping only two points in 17 matches to lead La Liga by nine points. Assistant Jordi Roura is taking charge in his absence. Barca's next league match is at home to city rivals Espanyol on January 6.

Vilanova will be back in 15 to 20 days, say Barca

Vilanova underwent surgery on December 20, a day after the club announced that the 44-year-old's condition had returned.

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