Pep Guardiola undergoes emergency surgery and set to miss Man City’s next two matches


PEP GUARDIOLA has undergone emergency back surgery.

And he is set to miss Manchester City’s next two matches.

Pep Guardiola had emergency surgery on his back in BarcelonaAFP

The Spaniard, 52, needed the operation to help deal with “severe pain” that he has been experiencing for “some time”.

And he flew out to Barcelona to go under the knife with surgeon Dr Mireia Illueca, who works at the Barcelona Spine Institute.

City confirmed the procedure had gone to plan and he will now spend some time resting up in his homeland.

The Premier League champions said: “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.”

City have made a perfect start to the season with two wins – beating Burnley and then Newcastle.

Guardiola is expected to be absent for Sunday’s trip to Sheffield United as well as the home clash with Fulham on September 2.

And that could mean the Treble-winning coach may not be in the dugout until City face West Ham away on September 16.

Antonio Conte missed four Tottenham matches last season when he was rushed to hospital and needed gallbladder surgery.

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