Further treatment for Vilanova

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has confirmed he is returning to

New York this week to undergo further cancer treatment.

Vilanova had been scheduled to have the “pioneering treatment”

this summer but it has been brought forward, with Barca having won

the Primera Division title with three games to spare.

The 44-year-old spent two months in New York earlier this year

undergoing radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment for cancer,

having twice had surgery on his parotid gland in Spain over the

last 18 months.

He returned to America for follow-up tests a fortnight ago and

for his upcoming trip is set to be away from Barcelona for five


Barcelona said on their website: “Tito Vilanova has confirmed at

a press conference that he will have further treatment for cancer

next week in New York. The pioneering treatment has been developed

at a specialised centre and is proving particularly effective.

“It was originally planned for this summer but as Barca has now

clinched the league title it has been advanced to next week. Tito

Vilanova will be away from Barcelona from Monday to Friday.”

Barca, who were crowned Spanish champions for the fourth time in

five years last weekend, play host to Real Valladolid on Sunday

before completing their season against Espanyol and Malaga.