FC Barcelona: Tito Vilanova Expected to Return in 15-20 Days

Tre' AtkinsonFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2012

VALLADOLID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 22:  Players of FC Barcelona pose with a jersey in support to their coach Tito Vilanova at the begining of the La Liga game between Real Valladolid and FC Barcelona at Jose Zorrilla on December 22, 2012 in Valladolid, Spain.  (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)
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Goal recently reported that Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova will return to the sidelines in 15-20 days. The Catalan boss recently underwent surgery after suffering a relapse one year after his battle with cancer (via Goal).

Vilanova will be undergoing roughly six weeks of various therapy including chemotherapy. Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has claimed that the treatment will allow him to eventually come back to work (via Goal).

This can only be a big relief for the current La Liga leaders.

While still undefeated in domestic play, the upcoming schedule contains very little difficulty aside from a game against Malaga.

But more importantly, this means that Vilanova should definitely be back and settled in time to lead Barcelona in their Champions League draw against AC Milan in mid-February.

While it is no secret the Barcelona boss has been leading this side to the best start in history, his influence cannot be overstated.

Barcelona now looks to be the favorites in Spain and Europe as they seek the very real possibility of a treble this season. And with nearly every player healthy, the push for a treble will be stronger than ever.

There is still roughly half of the season left, but all signs point to a big finish for Barcelona. Results and rumors aside, it is great to see Tito Vilanova recovering well in the biggest game he faces all season.


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