Alabama Crimson Tide trainer Nick Saban underwent hip replacement surgery on Monday and will soon return to work, the school announced in a press release.
Dr. Lyle Cain, an orthopedic consultant with the athletic department, said the robotic procedure was successful at the 67-year-old coach.
“Coach rests comfortably and we anticipate a complete recovery,” Cain said in the release. “He should be able to return to work in the near future, and we’ll get him back on the golf course, hopefully a few yards from the tee, as soon as possible.”
Alabama does not typically begin to fall to early August, so Saban will have more than three months to recover.
Crimson Tide, who has won five championships in Saban’s 12 seasons lead the program, opening the season against Duke on August 31.
Saban said he was disturbed by the hip in the spring and wanted to get it fixed now, rather than let the problem get worse.
“I want to have it fixed because I do not want a coach for a year – I want to train for many years,” he told reporters after the spring game two weeks ago. “So when things like this come up I want to Be aggressive and proactive in trying to make it take care of. We will certainly do that, and we have really good people to do it. “