AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“In a few weeks he’ll be recovered, and he’ll return to his duties,” Lage said. Lage, who earlier denied reports Castro had stomach cancer, reiterated Sunday the Cuban leader was recovering well. “The operation that he underwent was successful, and he is recovering favorably,” Lage said. Cuban officials have provided no details and released no pictures of Castro since his surgery was announced a week ago – fueling speculation around the world about his condition. His brother Raul Castro, the defense minister, also has not been seen in public since the announcement. “How are you, Fidel?” Chavez said during his weekly TV and radio program, suggesting he believed the Cuban leader was watching. “We have reliable information of your quick and notable recuperation. HAVANA – Cuba’s vice president said Sunday that Fidel Castro would return to work in a few weeks after intestinal surgery that forced him to hand over power temporarily to his younger brother. “Fidel’s going to be around for another 80 years,” Vice President Carlos Lage said. Castro will turn 80 next Sunday. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Castro was out of bed and talking after his surgery as messages wishing the Cuban leader a quick recovery poured in from Latin America’s leading leftists and Elian Gonzalez. In Bolivia to attend the country’s constitutional assembly, Lage was asked by reporters when Castro would be back at work. “Fidel Castro, a hug for you, friend and comrade, and I know you are getting better,” Chavez said. Talking by phone with Bolivian President Evo Morales later during the program, Chavez said that Castro was bouncing back quickly. “This morning I learned that he’s very well, that he is already getting out of bed. He’s talking more than he should – because he talks a lot, you know. He has sent us greetings,” Chavez said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!