Pep Guardiola undergoes emergency back surgery
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has undergone emergency surgery on a back problem, the club have confirmed.
The 52-year-old underwent the procedure in Barcelona, where he is now recovering, and the club have confirmed that he will miss the Premier League matches away to Sheffield United and at home to Fulham before returning after the September international break.
City said in a statement: “Pep Guardiola has today undergone a routine operation on a back problem. The Manchester City boss has been suffering with severe back pain for some time lately, and flew out to Barcelona for emergency surgery performed by Dr Mireia Illueca. The surgery was a success, and Pep will now recover and rehabilitate in Barcelona.
“In his absence, assistant manager Juanma Lillo will oversee coaching of the first team on the training field and will assume duties on the touchline until Pep’s return. He is expected to return after the forthcoming international break.
“Everyone at Manchester City wishes Pep a speedy recovery, and look forward to seeing him back in Manchester soon.”
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