Sevilla coach has successful surgery for prostate cancer

Date published: Wednesday 29th November 2017 8:43 - Matthew Stead

Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo has successfully undergone surgery after being diagnosed with prostate cancer, the club have announced.

The 48-year-old Argentinian’s illness was made public in the wake of last week’s 3-3 Champions League draw with Liverpool, when Sevilla came from 3-0 down at half-time.

A club statement read on Tuesday read: “The coach of Sevilla, Eduardo Berizzo, underwent successful surgery this afternoon for his recently-diagnosed prostate cancer, the club’s medical services have said.

“His recovery period will depend on his post-operative progress in the next few days.”

Assistant coach Ernesto Marcucci has been put in charge of the first team in Berizzo’s absence. Sevilla play Cartagena in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, before hosting Deportivo La Coruna in LaLiga on Saturday.

Berizzo was appointed Sevilla coach in the summer – replacing compatriot Jorge Sampaoli after he took over the Argentina national team job – having previously spent three years as boss of Celta Vigo.

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