Vilanova returns to Barca bench

Tito Vilanova took his place on the Barcelona bench against Espanyol for the first time since undergoing throat surgery.

Last Updated: 06/01/13 at 19:39 Post Comment

Vilanova: Back on the bench

Vilanova: Back on the bench

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Tito Vilanova took his place on the Barcelona bench for Sunday night's derby against Espanyol after last month undergoing throat surgery.

The 44-year-old Barca coach had an operation on a tumour on his parotid gland on December 20 before beginning a course of chemotherapy.

Vilanova, who first had a tumour removed from his throat in 2011, was unable to attend Barca's final match of 2012 against Real Valladolid but he was back in the dugout for this evening's visit of city rivals Espanyol to the Nou Camp.

Club president Sandro Rosell told Barca TV: "He (Vilanova) is showing that you can fight against diseases. He has shown his mental and physical strength.

"The doctors have given permission for him to come and after he will continue his recovery. He is determined to lead the team as long as the doctors allow him."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e doesn't need a caoch. He needs a bus. A bloody big one, that he can park across the goal line. And when he gets one, he can do us a favour and let us know where we can buy one from as well.

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: No defence coach

Y

ou are wrong Per, thats the right way the play. Its everyone elses' fault that it doesnt work.

delboy
Mertesacker urges style change

A

s it's panto season coming soon, let me be the first Oh yes you do

munchie
Rodgers: No defence coach

Footer 365

Premier League: Ronald Koeman looking at European challenge sparked by Dusan Tadic

Ronald Koeman believes Dusan Tadic can spark Southampton into a challenge for Champions League football next season.

Premier League: Manuel Pellegrini confident Joe Hart will sign new Manchester City deal

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says he is confident that England goalkeeper Joe Hart will sign a new contract.

Premier League: Garry Monk puts Stoke furore behind him

Swansea boss Garry Monk is keen to focus on weekend opponents Leicester after a stormy week for him personally.

Mail Box

'Goals Like That Can Make You Pregnant'

Those being sniffy about Erik Lamela's rabona are given short shrift in the afternoon mailbox, where criticism of Brendan Rodgers is smashed out of the park...

Does David De Gea Need Competition?

It would certainly be a good idea to give Victor Valdes a contract, while we have more mails on Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger, the rabona and mailbox gripes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property