Pep Guardiola will miss Manchester City’s games against Sheffield United and Fulham after having routine back surgery. He is recovering in Barcelona and assistant Juanma Lillo will take the team until the international break.
Manchester City released an official statement on their website to confirm Guardiola’s back problem.
“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.”