Ben Shephard forced to miss event as he struggles with gruesome knee injury

Good Morning Britain Presenter Ben Shephard, 46, suffered a knee injury playing football during a veterans' match earlier this year which caused him to have surgery.

Shephard's slow recovery after his surgery has forced him to pull out of the charity match Soccer Aid which he has played in since it began in 2006.

The match sees football legends play against a star-studded team of celebrities and was initiated by Robbie Williams and the then Chairman of Newcastle United football club Freddy Shepherd.

Ben's injuries left him with a ruptured ACL and a torn meniscus which left him bed-bound up until his surgery.

The Tipping Point presenter was withdrawn from Soccer Aid's 2018 match due to injury and he is no stranger to having to recover from football injuries.

Singer and previous X-factor contestant Olly Murs said he was "gutted" his celeb pal wasn't able to play alongside him in this year's match.

Murs, speaking on the Soccer Aid podcast told Nigel de Jong: “Ben’s a fantastic player, we’ve actually missed him a lot around the place and in the dressing room and in the team.

“So I’m really gutted you’re not going to be doing it this year Ben.”

The GMB presenter then agreed with the celeb squad's captain: “Me too, me too.”

Podcast host Nigel de Jong added: “I’m looking forward to going to the Soccer Aid and unfortunately Ben is not there but let him recover first, we don’t want any excuses when we link up, I want him 100 per cent fit on the pitch.”

Ben told the host: “I have a feeling this injury might last a bit longer than was planned."

Ben has been open and honest about his recovery journey, sharing updates on GMB as well as using his Instagram platform to inform fans on his rehabilitation.

One post showed off his scars as he bent his knee, adding the caption: “This is a huge improvement in 5 weeks – scars looking a bit less angry too!”

This year's Soccer Aid, which Ben has taken a step back from, will see family names Paddy McGuiness, Mo Farah and Lee Mack, captained by Murs, take on football legends including Wayne Rooney, Jamie Redknapp and Gary Neville.

The charity match will take place at the Etihad Stadium on September 4.

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