Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova vows quick return from surgery

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova faced cancer surgery on Thursday and six weeks on the sidelines but vowed to return soon to the Spanish league leaders.

updated: December 20, 2012 18:52 IST
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Barcelona: Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova on Thursday vowed a swift return from cancer surgery that may sideline him for six weeks in a shock for the Spanish league leaders.

"I will be away for a while but I will be back soon," Barcelona sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo quoted Vilanova as telling his players the night before he went in for surgery to his salivary gland.

A newspaper close to Barca, Sport, reported that the operation had been completed on Thursday morning and that Barca would give an official update later.

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