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Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova back in Spain following treatment

The trip to Celta Vigo might be to early for Vilanova (©GettyImages)
The trip to Celta Vigo might be to early for Vilanova (©GettyImages).

Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has returned to Spain this morning after two months in New York receiving cancer treatment, the club has confirmed.

The 44-year-old has not been on the sidelines since the Catalan side's game away at Real Sociedad on the January 19. Since then Barca have won eight of their 13 matches including a 4-2 aggregate victory over AC Milan in the Champions League.

The club are currently 13 points clear of rivals Real Madrid ahead of this weekend's trip to Celta Vigo and look set to win back the Spanish league title.

A statement on the Barcelona official website said: "First team coach Tito Vilanova is back in Barcelona. After two months of treatment in New York, he arrived at Terminal 1 of El Prat Airport this morning."

Vilanova flew over to America on January 21 to receive chemotherapy following a relapse after first having a tumour removed from his throat in November 2011.

The manager, however, will not be taking charge of the side immediately and the club have confirmed they will not rush his comeback.

"The FC Barcelona manager was taken straight home to get some rest. The team will train this evening, but Jordi Roura and Aureli Altimira will be taking charge," the Catalan club added.

"The idea is for Tito Vilanova to gradually be re-introduced to his usual dynamic at the helm of the squad."

Although the trip to Celta Vigo could be to early for Villanova, the first leg away to Paris Saint-Germain next Tuesday could be his first game back following the treatment.

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