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FC Barcelona News: 25 April 2014; Tito Vilanova has Emergency Surgery, Javier Mascherano and Sergio Busquets Return to Training

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Christof Koepsel

Former Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has surgery as health worsens, according to reports - ESPN FC
Former Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has been hospitalised and is in serious condition following emergency surgery, according to reports. Vilanova had surgery on Thursday at Clinica Quiron in Barcelona as gastric complications arose, multiple news outlets in Spain reported. The Catalan coach has dealt with cancer in his parotid gland for more than two years.

Sergio and Mascherano back in training with squad | FC Barcelona
Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano trained with the rest of the squad this Thursday morning after they both worked apart on Wednesday. Five Barça B players (Masip, Grimaldo, Ilie, Samper and Gómez) and three Youth A youngsters (Riera, Godswill and Ortega) also took part in the session.

Iniesta says FC Barcelona will never have another Messi | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta has spoken about his colleague Leo Messi during the promotion of an energy drink. "I have no doubts about Leo" he said. "He should retire here. He’ll never find a better place and Barça will never find another player like him."

Marc Bartra: "I've learnt more than ever this season" | FC Barcelona
Bartra, who has been at the Club for ten years now and has a contract through till 2018, explained: "I’ve matured a lot thanks to my teammates and the coaches. I’ve had some bad moments that I’ve come out of stronger and some good ones that make me even better. Playing with this team makes you strong with all the big games you are involved in".

Obliged to beat Villarreal once again | FC Barcelona
There are lot of coincidences between the Villarreal v Barça game on Sunday (9.00 PM CET) and the one at El Madrigal on May 1, 2010. Then, like now, only a win would suffice for Barça in what was also the 35th game of the Liga season.

Dos Santos and Joan Román, the FC Barcelona seal at Villarreal | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are returning to El Madrigal for the first time in two years, after Villarreal spent last season in the second division. The Catalans haven’t lost there since 2007, and this year will be meeting up with two old friends: Giovani dos Santos and Joan Román.