Sevilla have confirmed that boss Eduardo Berizzo has undergone successful surgery on a tumour, but not date has been set for his return.
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 FC Coach, Eduardo Berizzo, underwent successful surgery this afternoon for his recently diagnosed prostate cancer, according to the Club’s medical services,” read a Sevilla statement.
“His recovery period will depend on his post-operative progress in the next few days.”
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 struggling Deportivo La Coruna at the weekend, hoping to gain three points.