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Barcelona coach Vilanova released from a hospital 2 days after throat surgery to treat tumor

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    Foto de archivo del 5 de mayo de 2012 del entonces asistente técnico del Barcelona, Tito Vilanova. Vilanova está enfermo y algunos medios españoles reportan que tuvo una recaída de un tumor que lo afectó el año pasado, se reportó el miércoles, 19 de diciembre de 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina wears a t-shirt bearing a photo of his coach Tito Vilanova during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Real Valladolid at the Jose Zorrila stadium in Valladolid, Spain, Saturday, Dec 22, 2012. Barcelona on Saturday said coach Tito Vilanova has been released from hospital two days after undergoing throat surgery to remove a second tumor in two years. The Catalan on Messi's t-shirt reads "courage". (AP Photo/Israel l.Murillo) (The Associated Press)

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova was released from a hospital on Saturday, two days after throat surgery for the second time in two years to remove a tumor.

The club said Vilanova had been cleared to go home just moments before the start of his team's 3-1 Spanish league win at Valladolid. Assistant Jordi Roura was on the sideline in place of Vilanova.

Vilanova had surgery to remove a tumor from a saliva gland in 2011 while he was Pep Guardiola's assistant. He was back with the team ahead of schedule in 15 days.

Barcelona announced on Wednesday that Vilanova needed surgery again after doctors had discovered the reappearance of the tumor. He is expected to undergo around six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation. The club says he may be able to return to coaching during his treatment.