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Tito Vilanova to return to bench Sunday

January 5, 2013
By ESPN.com news services

Tito Vilanova is set to be on the bench when Barcelona resumes its pursuit of the La Liga title Sunday against Espanyol, assistant coach Jordi Roura said Saturday.

"Tito is on the bench," Roura told reporters. "He still has treatment to do, but he is very animated and very strong, and this is important."

Vilanova had surgery last month on his parotid gland as he started treatment for cancer for a second time.

The 44-year-old first had a tumor removed from his throat in late 2011 and he is also undergoing chemotherapy.

The season resumed in Spain this weekend following a two-week break as Barca looks to increase its lead at the top of the table.

Information from Press Association was used in this report.