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Roura happy to welcome back Vilanova

Stand-in Barcelona coach Jordi Roura is ready to step aside and allow Tito Vilanova to again take the helm at the La Liga giants.

Vilanova is hoping to return to Spain by the end of March after undergoing cancer treatment in New York.

It means Barca’s clash against Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou on Sunday could be Roura’s last game in charge.

The 45-year-old said he would be delighted to have Vilanova back.

“It’d be fantastic if tomorrow is my last game as first coach. Not because I leave the position but because Tito Vilanova will be back. If so then we all will be extremely happy – only because of this,” Roura said.

“I always tried to assume my role with calm despite good or bad results, but you have to make sure you are always calm, otherwise you couldn’t manage such a team.”

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol could miss the rest of the season after having an operation on his knee, while Xavi is unlikely to face Rayo Vallecano.

While the injuries will weaken Barcelona, Roura said their depth was good enough for them to maintain their high standards.

“You will always miss your most important players when they are sidelined. That’s why they are so important,” Roura said.

“But we have enough players to maintain the level in important matches like tomorrow’s against Rayo Vallecano.

“The ones playing tomorrow will do their best even though it could be easy to be distracted after our qualification for the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but we cannot accept this so we will face Rayo the right way.”

Sat 16 Mar, 2013
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