Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo has began surgery to remove a tumour on Tuesday, the club have confirmed.
The Andalusian club confirmed that Berizzo had been diagnosed with prostate cancer shortly after the Champions League draw with Liverpool last week.
Sevillainfo.es were among the first to break the news that the former Celta Vigo boss had been diagnosed with the illness and that surgery would begin shortly, leaving assistant manager Ernesto Marcucci in charge of first team duties until the Argentine was available.
The 48-year-old has inspired his side to two impressive comebacks in a week, coming from behind to draw 3-3 with English side Liverpool, before the weekend comeback against Villarreal, where they came from 2-0 down to win 3-2.
“Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo will undergo surgery on Tuesday afternoon for the prostate adenocarcinoma that was diagnosed several days ago,” read a statement on Sevilla’s website.
“The return of the Argentinian coach to the Sevilla FC bench will depend on the surgery and his post-operation recovery.
“Sevilla FC trust that his return will be as soon as possible. His second in command, Ernesto Marcucci will take his place in the bench.”
Countless tributes and shows of affection have since followed, which included Barcelona wearing shirts in support of the coach before there weekend clash with Valencia.
Sevilla have had a mixed season so far, but improved form has seen them move to fifth in the league table, two points behind Madrid duo Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid – who sit third and fourth, respectively.
The Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan outfit face FC Cartagena on Wednesday evening in the Copa del Rey, before facing struggling Deportivo La Coruna at the weekend.