European Football - PSV coach Cocu has tumour removed from his back

PSV Eindhoven coach Phillip Cocu has had a tumour successfully removed from his back, the club said on Thursday.

European Football - PSV coach Cocu to return for pre-season after surgery

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PSV Eindhoven's head coach Phillip Cocu (L) reacts next to Dinamo Zagreb's head coach Zoran Mamic during their Europa League match at Maksimir stadium in Zagreb October 24, 2013. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

"The club's medical staff is satisfied with the way the operation went but are not available for further comment," a statement on the PSV website said.

"The club makes an urgent request to respect Phillip Cocu's privacy and wishes him much fortitude on the road to a healthy recovery. He will need all his energy and strength in the time ahead for his recovery process."

Cocu will be off work for an undisclosed period of time and his assistant Ernst Faber will take charge of the team on a temporary basis.

The 43-year-old Cocu's young PSV side started the season slowly but have improved markedly in recent months, moving up to second in the standings after eight successive wins.

PSV, who are six points behind leaders Ajax Amsterdam, host Groningen on Saturday.

Cocu is a former Dutch international midfielder who earned 101 caps and played for AZ Alkmaar, Vitesse Arnhem, PSV and Barcelona.

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