Sandro Rosell: “Tito is strong, very strong”

Rosell and Zubizarreta / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
President Rosell and the Director of Football, Andoni Zubizarreta, show their “unconditional support” to the first-team manager and his family

“Tito is strong, very strong. He’s shown that he’s strong and we’re convinced that he’ll be back with us soon,” says Rosell

President Sandro Rosell and Director of Football Andoni Zubizarreta held a press conference this Wednesday afternoon to express their “unconditional support to Tito Vilanova and his family,” after it was announced that the first team manager had suffered a parotid glad relapse. Vilanova will undergo surgery this Thursday.

“Tito is strong, very strong”

“The most important thing is that he recovers and that he has the necessary tranquility to undergo this [healing] process. Tito is strong, very strong. He’s shown that he’s strong and we’re convinced that he’ll be back with us soon,” said Rosell during the press conference at the Ciutat Esportiva. Team captains Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta and Víctor Valdés; Club Vice-President Josep Maria Bartomeu; Club directors Jordi Moix and Manel Arroyo, and the Director General of the Club, Antoni Rossich, were all in attendance.

Rosell added: “I liked seeing his face. He looked strong. He has extraordinary mental strength, he only looked worried for his wife, children and parents.”

Grateful for the support

The president thanked “on behalf of the Club and Tito Vilanova” all the support the manager has received from around the world. Rosell also explained why the Club had waited to announce Vilanova’s relapse until Wednesday afternoon: “We found out on Tuesday and we didn’t know the exact diagnosis until this Wednesday afternoon. We wanted to wait until after Tito Vilanova had explained the situation to the team.”

On this afternoon’s cancelled press conference and Christmas lunch with the press, Rosell explained that, besides wanting to wait for the team to find out from their manager (today’s training session was scheduled for six), his press conference overlapped with “Tito Vilanova’s meeting with his doctors.”

On the team’s situation, Rosell declared that he has “complete confidence in the team.” He added: “We are a strong and unified Club, we can overcome any adversity.”

Éric Abidal returns to training with the first team! Welcome back, Abidal!

The Frenchman joins his teammates after a nine-month hiatus

Tito Vilanova, who will undergo surgery on Thursday, was at the Ciutat Esportiva but did not lead the session

Almost seven months have passed since Éric Abidal was discharged from hospital. This Wednesday, the defender returned to training with the rest of his teammates. The Frenchman, who hasn’t played since February 26 due to liver transplant surgery, had trained apart from the group previous to today’s training.

Training session without Tito

This Wednesday’s session, however, didn’t feature first-team manager Tito Vilanova. The Catalan was at the Ciutat Esportiva but he didn’t take part in the session; Jordi Roura led the session in his stead.

Iniesta and Villa train in the gym

Andrés Iniesta and David Villa trained apart from the group this afternoon. The team will train again on Thursday, at 11.00 at the Ciutat Esportiva.

Tito Vilanova to undergo surgery this Thursday

Tito Vilanova / PHOTO: ARCHIVE FCB
The Club’s Medical Services announce that FC Barcelona’s manager has a suffered parotid ailment relapse. Tito Vilanova will undergo surgery on Thursday

The Club’s Medical Services have issued the following medical report on the health of FC Barcelona’s manager, Francesc ‘Tito’ Vilanova:

“An extension of the pathology has been detected in [Vilanova’s] parotid gland. The manager requires surgery which he will undergo this Thursday. He is expected to remain in hospital for three to four days.

After the surgery, Francesc ‘Tito’ Vilanova will undergo chemotherapy and rediation treatment for approximately six weeks. During this time, and depending on how well he recovers, Vilanova’s treatment may be compatible with his work life.

Keeping in line with the patient’s wishes, we urge respect and privacy during this process.”

President Sandro Rosell and the Director of Football Andoni Zubizarreta will hold a press conference at 19.45 at the Ciutat Esportiva. The press conference will be broadcast live on Barça TV.