Cocu has tumour removed
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PSV Eindhoven head coach Phillip Cocu has undergone successful surgery to remove a "benign" tumour from his back, the Eredivisie club have announced. The 43-year-old former netherlands midfielder had recently complained of back pain and was subsequently diagnosed with a tumour, which doctors believe to be benign having removed it on Thursday morning.

PSV are set to host FC Groningen at the Philips Stadion on Saturday night but Cocu will not be involved as he begins a course of rehabilitation. Assistant boss Ernest Faber will take control of the first team for the foreseeable future.

A statement published on PSV's official website read: "The medical staff of PSV are satisfied with the conduct of the operation, but are otherwise unavailable for comment. PSV technical director Marcel Brands will speak to the media on Friday at length about Cocu's course of rehabilitation. A representative of the players will also be present. Assistant coach Ernest Faber will act as the point of contact for all sporting matters surrounding team selection. He will also be present at the press conference on Friday."

Cocu, capped 101 times for the Netherlands, replaced Dick Advocaat as PSV boss last year and has led the club to second place in the Eredivisie table this season.

"PSV urge everyone to respect the privacy of Phillip Cocu and his relatives," the statement continued. "The club wish Phillip a lot of strength on his road to full recovery."

"He will be given all the energy and strength he needs for his rehabilitation, knowing that PSV and all the Rood-witten (red and white) fans are supporting him."