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Barca coach cancer operation goes 'as planned'

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Urgent cancer surgery on Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova went "as planned" Thursday, the club said, after a relapse of the disease shocked the Spanish league leaders and unleashed a tide of support from the sporting world. 

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova gives a press conference after a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper, near Barcelona on December 4. Urgent cancer surgery on Vilanova went "as planned" Thursday, the club said, after a relapse of the disease shocked the Spanish league leaders and unleashed a tide of support from the sporting world.

Vilanova, 44, has led Barcelona to their best league start ever but the club said he will be in hospital for three or four days and then need about six weeks of chemotherapy and radiotherapy for cancer of a salivary gland known as the parotid.

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