Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova to undergo surgery after tumour relapse

Tito Vilanova suffers a recurrence of tumour he had surgery on last year & is to undergo surgery on Thursday, Barcelona confirm

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
tito vilanova
Tito Vilanova took over from Pep Guardiola in the summer Photo: FC Barcelona

tito vilanova

Tito Vilanova is to undergo surgery to remove a tumour on Thursday followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy over the next six weeks.

The 44-year-old has suffered a relapse of a cancerous tumour he had removed from his parotid gland in emergency surgery last November.

“While monitoring his parotid gland a change has been detected in his condition that requires surgery,” a Barcelona statement said.

“The time of hospitalisation is expected to be three or four days.”

The statement added: “According to how things develop, he could be able to mix work with his treatment.

“Keeping in line with the patient’s wishes, we urge respect and privacy during this process.”

Vilanova, whose Barcelona side are currently nine points clear at the top of the Spanish league, took over from Pep Guardiola in the summer.

Club president Sandro Rosell cancelled a news conference scheduled for Wednesday, and the Catalan side also called off their Christmas lunch organised for the media.

Tito Vilanova factfile

• Vilanova began his footballing career in Barcelona’s youth section, joining La Masia in 1984 and sharing a dressing room with the likes of Albert Ferrer, Guillermo Amor, Carles Busquets and Josep Guardiola, whom he would later assist and succeed as coach of the Blaugrana.

• He only made three friendly appearances for Barcelona’s senior side in 1988-89, dropping down to the second tier for three seasons before eventually reaching the top flight with Celta Vigo.

• He began his coaching career with Barcelona’s Cadet B team, working with Gerard Piqué, Cesc Fàbregas and Lionel Messi.

• Vilanova was then asked by Guardiola to join him as an assistant with Barça’s B team and together they helped earn promotion to Spanish third division. Shortly afterwards Vilanova joined his former team-mate in the senior set-up, where he would go on to share in 14 trophies over a four-year period.

• Following Guardiola’s resignation in summer 2012, he was promoted to head coach and began his reign in style with a 5-1 Liga defeat of Real Sociedad de Fútbol.


MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Grigor Dimitrov beats David Goffin to win his biggest title, ‘But I still have a lot to give’
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Wenger makes admission about Sanchez’s future after Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Tottenham
The Sport Review
Jose Mourinho admits Man United star was ‘different class’ against Newcastle
The Sport Review
Thierry Henry rates Alexandre Lacazette’s display for Arsenal v Tottenham