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Vilanova returning to NY for more cancer treatment

Saturday - 5/18/2013, 9:24am  ET

Barcelona's coach Francesc 'Tito' Vilanova applauds during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Atletico de Madrid at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul White)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova will return to New York next week to "undergo further cancer treatment" after having a second tumor in two years removed from his throat in December.

The club says Vilanova will be given "pioneering treatment" from Monday to Friday that was originally scheduled for this summer but was moved forward after Barcelona clinched the Spanish league title last weekend.

Vilanova spent 10 weeks in a New York hospital receiving treatment after undergoing surgery in Barcelona earlier this year.

Barcelona plays Valladolid on Sunday, the day before its coach leaves, and then has two more games to close out the season.

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