The cancer was diagnosed just over a year ago, but was then considered cured after an operation. The 43-year-old is scheduled to undergo surgery again on thursday. Vilanova will remain in the hospital for three to four days and then undergo rontgen and chemotherapy for about six weeks. But there is a possibility that the coach could resume his work as a trainer even before the end of the therapy. This depends, however, on the course of the treatment, the association stressed in a communique.
The representation is to take over assistant coach jordi roura, announced sports director andoni zubizarreta. Roura already led the training on wednesday and will be on the bench on saturday for the match at real vallodolid. Zubizarreta rejected speculation in the press that barca had made contact with his former coach josep guardiola, who currently lives in new york.
In november 2011, vilanova, who was still guardiola’s assistant at the time, was diagnosed with cancer of the parotid gland for the first time by doctors. The co-trainer at the time underwent surgery and had to take several weeks off. Vilanova succeeded guardiola in the summer, who did not want to extend his contract at barca. At that time, the doctors pointed out that the coach had completely overcome the cancer disease.
The spanish tumor expert cristobal belda explained that the chances for a cure of the cancer disease diagnosed in vilanova are very good. "If you operate on the patient early, the thing usually turns out favorably," the doctor told the news agency efe.
As head coach, vilanova had a successful debut after mab. He got the best start to the season in the history of the primera division with the catalans. Barca is undefeated at the top of the table after 16 days of play. The blue-reds won 15 games and drew only once. The chasing team atletico madrid is nine points behind barca, real even 13.
Almost the entire spanish sports world wished the coach a speedy recovery. These included the professional soccer league (LFP), barca’s title rivals real madrid and tennis star rafael nadal.