Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova to have surgery tomorrow

Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova will have surgery on his parotid gland tomorrow before undergoing six weeks of chemotherapy, the club have confirmed.

He had an operation on a tumour in his saliva glands in November 2011.

Vilanova took over as Barca coach from Guardiola at the end of last season and presided over a seamless transition, guiding them to a nine-point lead at the top of La Liga after 16 games.

Reports in the Spanish press suggest Vilanova is likely to leave the Camp Nou.

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