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Barcelona - Vilanova return by mid-January?

Tito Vilanova could return to take command of Barcelona training by the end of this week.

The Barcelona manager underwent surgery on December 20 after suffering a reoccurrence of cancer in a saliva gland which he first had surgery on in November 2011.

His son, Adria, posted a picture on his Twitter account after playing paddle with Vilanova. The picture suggests that the Barcelona coach is fit and out of his hospital bed and the club have also confirmed they expect him to resume his full post in charge of the time by the middle of this month.

Spanish newspaper El Mundo ran the picture although officials inside the club seem to be erring on the side of caution and have already confirmed that Vilanova will take as much time out as necessary before making a return.

Barcelona have been lucky in the respect that Vilanova was struck down by this latest health setback just before the winter break in Spain. Their next match is against Espanyol this weekend.

Had the side been forced to play all of their matches through January without their manager then it could have drastically dented their nine point lead at the top of the La Liga table.

The benefit of this is that the side doesn’t have to endure a long spell without their manager at the helm. Adria’s picture suggests that Vilanova is fighting and getting as much exercise as he possibly can.

Jordi Roura remains in temporary charge but the news is positive and uplifting for the entire football world.

What sort of effect do you think Vilanova’s return will have on the team?

image: © HowardLake

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