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Thursday 2 October 2014

Vilanova back on the bench for Barcelona

Published 05/01/2013 | 14:31

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TITO Vilanova is set to be on the bench when Barcelona resume their pursuit of the Primera Division title tomorrow against Espanyol, assistant coach Jordi Roura has revealed.

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Coach Vilanova last month underwent surgery on his parotid gland as he started treatment for cancer for a second time.

The 44-year-old first had a tumour removed from his throat in late 2011 and he is also undergoing chemotherapy.

The season resumed in Spain this weekend following a fortnight break with Barca hosting Espanyol as they look to increase their lead at the top of the table.

Roura told reporters: "Tito is on the bench.

"He still has treatment to do, but he is very animated and very strong, and this is important,"

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