FC Barcelona coach Francesc "Tito" Vilanova bid farewell to 2012 by playing a game of paddle tennis with his son, Adria.

Vilanova's son posted a photo on Twitter of the Barça coach, who underwent surgery for a tumor on Dec. 20.

"I said goodbye to the year this afternoon with a game of paddle tennis with a special person," Adria said in a Twitter posting on New Year's Eve.

Barça will play its first match of the year on Sunday at Camp Nou, taking on Espanyol, but it is not yet known whether Vilanova will be on the sidelines.

FC Barcelona, the leader in the Spanish League, will return to work on Wednesday at Ciudad Deportiva. EFE