Guardiola to miss Manchester City’s next two games after hospitalization

Manchester City's Pep Guardiola || Credit: Imago

PREMIER LEAGUE: Guardiola to miss Manchester City’s next two games after hospitalization

Mark Kinyanjui 16:00 - 22.08.2023

Guardiola flew to Barcelona to undergo surgery to correct a back problem that had been affecting him for sometimes

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will miss his side's Premier League clashes against Sheffield United and Fulham after undergoing back surgery, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

Guardiola's assistant Juanma Lillo will take charge of the team as he steps up his recovery from surgery on his back, having flown to Barcelona to sort out the situation.

Lillo - who only returned to the club as assistant manager earlier this month after undergoing a spell as Al Sadd manager in Qatar - will take charge of training and matches for the treble winners.

"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.

"The surgery was a success, and Pep will now recover and rehabilitate in Barcelona... He is expected to return after the forthcoming international break."

Champions City are second in the Premier League standings with six points from two games. They travel to promoted Sheffield United on Saturday before hosting Fulham on Sept. 2.

Meanwhile, City have agreed a £55.5m deal to sign Rennes winger Jeremy Doku, who is is expected to travel to the northwest on Tuesday to undergo a medical.

The Belgium international has been linked with a number of Premier League teams this summer and is now set to join the champions.

Man City are looking for a winger to replace Riyad Mahrez, who left for Saudi Arabia in the wake of City's treble-winning season.