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Tito Vilanova returns to practice

March 29, 2013
By ESPN.com news services
Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova led his first team practice on Friday since returning from a 10-week medical stay in New York to treat a throat tumor.

Barcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura said that Vilanova would direct the session but that he would not accompany the team to Saturday's Spanish league match at Celta Vigo.

"(The return) of Tito is a progressive incorporation," Roura said. "The 10-15 days after (cancer) treatment is tough because that is when there are side effects. ...

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