surgery after back pain
Guardiola has been absent from Man City for weeks
08/22/2023, 4:16 p.m
The team around Erling Haaland and Co. will have to do without their coach for the next few games: Pep Guardiola is likely to be out at Manchester City until after the international break due to a back operation. The 52-year-old is said to have had severe pain for a long time.
Manchester City’s star coach Pep Guardiola has undergone routine back surgery. The intervention in Barcelona was successful, his club said. He will also recover there in the coming days. According to the club, Guardiola has been suffering from severe back pain for some time.
Assistant Juanma Lillo will temporarily lead training and take care of the team for the upcoming league games at Sheffield United and at home against Fulham FC. The Champions League winner expects 52-year-old Guardiola to return after the international break in mid-September.
The start of the season has been successful for the English champions so far. The team around goalscorer Erling Haaland won their first two games: first in Burnley (0:3), then against Newcastle United (1:0). Nevertheless, Man City is only second in the table. After a 4-1 (1-0) win at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Brighton & Hove Albion are currently at the top around ex-Dortmunder Mahmoud Dahoud. City also won the UEFA Supercup last week. The Champions League winners beat last season’s Europa League winners Sevilla FC 5-4 on penalties.
Recently, it has also become known that City will have to do without star player Kevin De Bruyne for longer than feared due to another thigh injury. Instead of a few weeks, the 32-year-old Belgian will be missing “a few months”, it said. His playmaker has “a serious injury,” Guardiola said last Tuesday, and the decision on whether an operation is necessary is still pending. It was recently speculated that RB Leipzig’s Dani Olmo could replace the Belgian at City.