Recovering Vilanova sees out 2012 with a game of padel

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Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova, who has stepped apart briefly whereas he recovers from a throat operation final month, was properly sufficient to see out 2012 with a sport of padel together with his son Adria on Monday.
Adria, who’s 15 and performs for Barca’s youth crew, posted a photograph of himself and his father standing on a court docket on his Twitter feed. Padel is a racket sport much like tennis performed in Spain and Latin America.
“This afternoon I mentioned farewell to the 12 months taking part in a sport of padel with a particular particular person,” Adria wrote.
“Blissful New 12 months to everybody!”
Barca introduced final month that Vilanova wanted a second spherical of surgical procedure following an operation to take away a tumour from his saliva glands in November 2011.
Assistant coach Jordi Roura has stepped in till the 44-year-old is properly sufficient to return.
He was launched from hospital on Dec. 22 and started a course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Membership president Sandro Rosell mentioned on Friday he ought to be again halfway by means of January and would alternate work and his remedy.
He was sidelined for round three weeks after the surgical procedure final 12 months earlier than returning to his job as assistant to Pep Guardiola after which taking up from his shut pal on the finish of final season.
Below his management, Barca have made a record-breaking unbeaten begin to their La Liga marketing campaign and high the standings with a nine-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid.
Their opening match of 2013 is at residence to metropolis rivals Espanyol on Sunday.Unbiased journalism prices cash. Help Occasions of Malta for the value of a espresso.Help Us

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