Man City boss Pep Guardiola to miss two games after emergency back surgery
Guardiola’s assistant, Juanma Lillo, will take over his coaching duties while he recovers.
Emergency surgery will take Pep Guardiola out of Man City’s English Premier League games against Sheffield United and Fulham before the club season pauses for two weeks for international matches [File: Isabel Infantes/Reuters]Published On 22 Aug 202322 Aug 2023
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has undergone “emergency surgery” for a back problem and isn’t expected to take charge of the team for about another month, the club says.
“The Manchester City boss has been suffering with severe back pain for some time lately and flew out to Barcelona for emergency surgery,” City said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The surgery was a success, and Pep will now recover and rehabilitate in Barcelona. … He is expected to return after the forthcoming international break.”
City has English Premier League games against Sheffield United and Fulham before the club season pauses for two weeks for international matches.
City’s first game back is against West Ham on September 16, and the group stage of the Champions League begins the following week.
Guardiola’s assistant, Juanma Lillo, will take over his duties in the meantime.
The 57-year-old is in his second stint as Guardiola’s assistant at City, having held the position from 2020 to 2022 after joining from Qingdao Huanghai in China.
He left in June 2022 to take up a position as coach at Al-Sadd in Qatar.
Lillo was previously Guardiola’s coach when both were in Mexico at Dorados.