Tito Vilanova leaves intensive care after surgery

Barcelona: Tito Vilanova left the intensive care unit of the Vall d`Hebron hospital in Barcelona on Friday morning.

The 44-year-old underwent surgery on Thursday after he suffered a relapse of the tumour in his mouth which he suffered for a large part of the 2011-12 campaign.

The operation went according to plan, and Vilanova has now been moved to a regular unit for the next three to four days.

The Spaniard will start with chemotherapy and radiation treatment that is scheduled to last around six weeks in the upcoming days.

Jordi Roura will take Vilanova`s place on the Barcelona bench for their last Liga match of 2012 away against Valladolid at the weekend, and will remain in charge until the his boss has recovered fully.

Vilanova took over from Pep Guardiola ahead of the 2012-13 campaign and guided them to their best ever start in La Liga, dropping only two points from their opening 16 games.