Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola has undergone a routine operation on a back problem, the club announced on Tuesday.
The City boss guided his side to their first-ever treble last season, winning the English Premier League, FA Cup, and Uefa Champions League.
On Monday, Man City revealed that Guardiola had been suffering from severe back pains.
GUARDIOLA TO BE OUT FOR WEEKS AFTER SURGERY
“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,” City said in a statement.
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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 Guardiola’s return.
MAN CITY TO BE WITHOUT PEP FOR THREE WEEKS FOLLOWING SURGERY
The former Barcelona mentor 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,” Man City said.
Guardiola will miss two matches against Sheffield United and Fulham but on paper, the Citizens looked very much equipped to deal with the two teams.
Manchester City have started the season well this season, winning two out of their first two games so far.