Vilanova surgery goes 'as expected'

  • Last Updated: December 20 2012, 14:18 GMT

Barcelona haveannounced Tito Vilanova's operation on his parotid gland had gone "as expected" as the 44-year-old began a second battle with cancer.

Tito Vilanova: Operation has gone 'as expected'
Tito Vilanova: Operation has gone 'as expected'

Vilanova, who also had a tumour removed from his throat in November last year, will now start six weeks of chemotherapy.

In a statement, the club said: "Vilanova's surgical procedure has gone as expected. His clinical progress will determine how long he remains in hospital.

"The expected timeframe has been maintained. Tito asks for his privacy and confidentiality to be respected."