The shocking news of Tito Vilanova’s relapse of a cancer tumour has broken today. We took to Twitter to look at the initial reactions to the news.
Spanish journalist Guillem Balague has confirmed that Barcelona are due to make an official statement today via his Twitter account;
@GuillemBalague - Tito Vilanova has a recession on his illness (tumor). Barcelona will give more information during the day
Tito hasnt been operated yet. Players will be told all this aft. Club of course looking for replacement. Now time to be prudent #animsTito
What the news means for Barcelona moving forward is a little unclear. It seems quite apparent that for the good of his health Vilanova will have to step down from his role with the club which opens up a variety of possible replacements in terms of manager.
We took to Twitter to gauge the initial reaction about the news from those involved in the game and from general fans.
@GaryLineker - Very sorry to hear Tito Vilanova, the Barca coach, is undergoing surgery after a cancer relapse. Thoughts are with him.
@BumperGraham (Graham Hunter) - If the news is confirmed, as fear it will, that Tito Vilanova's had a relapse in his fight v tumour surgery 1yr ago it'll be brutally unfair
@UmbertoGandini - All the best to Tito Vilanova, wishing you another win over Evil ! #Anims Tito
@talkSPORTDrive - just heard Tito Vilanova is ill again and Barca seeking a temporary replacement. Wish him all the best. incredible start as Barca coach.
@SemirHadzibulic - Sad news about Barcelonas manager, take care Tito Vilanova!
@JHALL1992 - Absolutely horrible news regarding Tito Villanova, get well soon boss! Football comes second at times like these! #AnimoVilanova
@FCB1mrankhan - More importantly thoughts are with Tito and his family.. Hope he beats this terrible disease...
@brucemillington - So sad to hear Tito Vilanova has a new health problem. Could Guardiola come back to hold the fort?
@CuleDeBarcelona - Who cares about football now, Tito should takecare of himself carefully. #AnimoVilanova
@MessiCR&Neymar - Awful news: Tito Vilanova has had a relapse and his tumor is back. #PrayForTito
@sterling_m - Awful news about Tito Vilanova's cancer relapse. Wonder if Luis Enrique steps into his place coaching Barcelona now; can't see Pep return.
Barcelona are yet to officially comment on the situation with their players seemingly mute until they know the entire situation.
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