"Tito is strong and we are convinced that he will be back soon. We have absolute confidence in the team and our staff and that they are equipped to overcome this."
-- Barcelona President Sandro Rosell on Coach Tito Vilanova, who will undergo surgery for a recurrence of a throat gland ailment. Vilanova is likely to spend four days in a hospital followed by six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation. Assistant coach Jordi Roura will take over for Saturday's league game against Valladolid, Barcelona's last match until Jan. 6. (AP)