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Charity football match Soccer Aid 2021 is in chaos as Top Gear presenter Paddy McGuinness has been forced to pull out due to a leg injury.
Paddy, 48, is the second star forced to withdraw from the match in a matter of hours as Roman Kemp was “gutted” yesterday as he tested positive for Covid forcing him out of the match.
The TV funny-man took to Instagram to share with his 1.9 million followers the news that he has been forced to pull out of the match this year.
He said: “Gutted! For the first time ever I’m having to pull out of @socceraid due to injury. Tore my lateral meniscus and it’s not something that can be sorted with the magic sponge.”
Paddy continued: “Good luck to both teams today and if you’ve got tickets you’re in for a great day for a great cause. @unicef_uk #socceraid #unicef #etihad #mcfc #england #restoftheworld".
Celeb pals took to the comments box to wish him well.
Sport pundit Ugo Monye said: “Rest up big man.”
TV favourite Keith Lemon joked: “Ah no. What a shame. D’ya wanna play out with me instead. We can get the BMX’s out!”
While Paddy’s Soccer Aid team mate, Joel Dommett said: “Thinking of you buddy! I’ll do you proud!”
The news came just hours after Capital FM DJ Roman Kemp, 28, pulled out of the match after getting a positive Covid test.
In a post on his Instagram story, Roman wrote: "I'm absolutely gutted. I've had a positive test come through so I won't be playing at @socceraid tomorrow night."
However, the presenter remained cheery in his statement as he went on to say how he will be supporting his team from home as he recovers.
"I'll be cheering from a sofa and hope that everyone donates as much as they can for the cause," he continued. "Come on Soccer Aid World XI FC."
Soccer Aid takes place today and sees former professionals against the stars in a charity football match at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium.
Celebrities still in the line-up for today include Joel Dommett, Mark Wright, Iain Stirling and Mo Farah.
TOWIE’s Mark Wright was seen leading the stars for the match yesterday in a last-minute training session.
The star was seen showing off his footy skills as he donned his soccer aid sports top with a pair of shorts and of course, football boots.
Soccer Aid – created by Robbie Williams in 2006 – continues to raise money for Unicef and has collected over £47million since it began.
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