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Barcelona stand by Vilanova after illness relapse

Published on Dec 20, 2012 6:06 AM
 
This file picture dated Dec 4, 2012, shows Barcelona's coach Tito Vilanova giving a press conference after a training session at the Sports Center FC Bacelona Joan Gamper in St Joan Despi, near Barcelona on the eve of a Champions League football match against Benfica. Barcelona will stand by and wait for the return of Vilanova after being rocked by Wednesday's news that he needed surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy over the following six weeks. -- PHOTO: AFP

BARCELONA (REUTERS) - Barcelona will stand by and wait for the return of coach Tito Vilanova after being rocked by Wednesday's news that he needed surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy over the following six weeks.

The 44-year-old stepped up from assistant to replace club hero Pep Guardiola at the end of last season, after having had surgery on a tumour in his saliva glands in November last year, and had made a record-breaking start to his tenure.

"While monitoring his parotid gland a change has been detected in his condition that requires surgery which will be carried out on Thursday," Barca said in a statement.

"His time in hospital will be about three to four days. During the period after his operation, depending on how he recovers, an attempt will be made to balance his treatment with his working life."

 
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