Tito Vilanova at today's training session / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Fifteen days after the successful operation on his parotid gland, which kept him away from the Club for the last couple of weeks, Tito Vilanova returned to lead a training session, alongside Pep Guardiola. His return to normal activity was received with great happiness by the team. Vilanova met with the players in the dressing room before the start of the session. Once on the pitch, Guardiola's assistant received an emotional welcome by players. Hugs, smiles, applause ... this was the welcome that the team gave to Tito Vilanova. Probably one of the most significant photos was the embrace between the coach and Éric Abidal, the player who was operated on last season to remove a tumour from his liver.

Adriano given the all clear

Under the watchful eyes of Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova, the whole team, with only Ibrahim Afellay absent, trained, already thinking about the next match, El Clásico in the Bernabéu. Adriano worked with his teammates and once the session was over he received the medical all clear. The players who played against BATE Borisov worked at the same pace as the rest. The session also included young reserve players Cuenca, Muniesa, and Soriano.

Thursday, a rest day

The first team will have a day off on Thursday and will return to training on Friday afternoon, at 18.00, behind closed doors, at the Camp Nou. Following the session, Guardiola will attend the media at a press conference.