Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova is expected to announce his departure from the club at a press conference at 7:30pm this evening.

According to El Mundo Deportivo, the coach, who is fighting cancer, will leave the club after recent tests showed that the extent of the illness is greater than expected.

The 44-year-old was in treatment in New York for two months earlier in the year, where he underwent radiotherapy and chemotherapy for cancer.

He suffers from parotid gland cancer, and he has undergone two operations on the organ over the last 18 months.

The Catalan club's president, Sandro Rosell, and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta are expected to participate in the event.

Vilanova was recently engaged in a dispute with his predecessor in Barcelona, Pep Guardiola.

Vilanova accused Guardiola, who now coaches Bayern Munich, of not being there for him while he was recovering from surgery.

Vilanova was already on leave last season after he underwent surgery in late December, leaving his assistant Jordi Roura in charge of the team until late March 2013.

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