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Pep Guardiola undergoes back surgery after suffering ‘severe pain for some time’

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Following a successful back surgery, Pep Guardiola, the coach of Manchester City, will miss the team’s next games against Fulham and Sheffield United.

The City manager will now have to go through a healing period before going back to work after flying to Barcelona for surgery on a minor ailment that has been plaguing him for some time.

Guardiola returned to his native country and underwent “emergency surgery,” a process he completed satisfactorily.

The 52-year-old will miss future games, but he was in the dugout for the team’s opening Premier League wins over Burnley and Newcastle as well as the trip to Greece for the UEFA Supercup.

In a statement announcing the news on Tuesday, the club stated: ‘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,’ City added.

‘He is expected to return after the forthcoming international break.

‘Everyone at Manchester City wishes Pep a speedy recovery, and looks forward to seeing him back in Manchester soon.’

The surgeon responsible for fixing Guardiola’s back problem specialises in spine microsurgery and minimally invasive spine surgery.

According to the Barcelona Spine Institute, Dr. Illueca was previously a resident of neurosurgery in Majorca and has gained vast experience in resolving complex fractures of the spine.

Guardiola has entrusted assistant manager, Lillo, with first-team responsibilities in his absence.

The 57-year-old re-joined Guardiola’s coaching staff in August after former assistant Enzo Maresca left to become manager at Championship side Leicester.

Lillo, 57, previously worked for City between 2020 and 2022, helping the club win two Premier League titles and a Carabao Cup.

Guardiola has immense trust in his colleague and previously hailed his return to the Etihad this summer.

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