Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan is recovering at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center following surgery earlier this month to remove a mass in his spine.

Morgan released a statement before Thursday’s regular City Council meeting, saying he had experienced pain in his back during a trip. The pain was severe "to the point I had difficulty walking and needed assistance boarding my flight home," he said.

Morgan’s doctor later discovered the mass in his spine, which followed with surgery to remove it on Oct. 11. Morgan said he is doing well but remains in recovery while he awaits results on the pathology of the mass.

"I very much appreciate the thoughts and prayers of the community, and I ask for privacy for my family at this time," he said in the statement. "People who know me know that I remain optimistic and my faith is unwavering in the face of this difficulty."

Morgan has missed two regular meetings this month due to his condition. Mayor Pro Tem Writ Baese has led meetings and taken care of Morgan’s duties in his absence.

The statement doesn’t say when Morgan expects to be released from the hospital.

Following the release of the statement, numerous people offered well wishes to the mayor on social media. Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell commented on Facebook, "BEST Mayor in Texas..We are praying...."

Morgan succeeded Alan McGraw as mayor after being elected in 2017. He had served as a council member from 2011 to 2017, and was selected as mayor pro tem in 2016.