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Vilanova to undergo further treatment

May 18, 2013
By ESPN staff

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova will return to New York this week for further medical attention following his cancer scare.

Tito Vilanova faces the press on Tuesday
GettyImagesTito Vilanova replaced Pep Guardiola as Barcelona coach in summer 2012

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Vilanova, 44, had planned to have the treatment during the summer but he has confirmed he has brought it forward after Barca won their fourth Primera Division title in five years with three games to spare.

Having spent two months in New York earlier this season, when he underwent radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment, Vilanova went back a fortnight ago for follow up tests. It is planned that he will only be away from the club from Monday to Friday.

A statement on the club's official website said: "Tito Vilanova has confirmed at a press conference that he will have further treatment for cancer next week in New York. The pioneering treatment has been developed at a specialised centre and is proving particularly effective.

"It was originally planned for this summer but as Barca has now clinched the league title it has been advanced to next week. Tito Vilanova will be away from Barcelona from Monday to Friday."

Barca play host to Real Valladolid on Sunday before completing their season against Espanyol and Malaga.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.