Paddy McGuinness has pulled out of Soccer Aid 2021 after suffering an injury.
The new Question of Sport presenter revealed on Saturday (September 4) that he would not be taking part in the annual charity event “for the first time ever” just hours before kick-off.
Paddy was due to play in the England squad on Saturday evening. You can find out more about the Soccer Aid teams, managers and presenters here.
Posting a statement on his social media pages, the 48-year-old wrote: “ 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. Good luck to both teams today and if you’ve got tickets you’re in for a great day for a great cause.”
Paddy revealed he was injured during Friday night’s instalment of The One Show, The Express reports.
He told host Ronan Keating he would be playing in goals as he was “nursing a few injuries”.
Paddy said: “I’m a goalkeeper this year. I’ve had a busy year and I’ve not been able to train as much. I picked up a little injury on my foot so I said to David Seaman, ‘I’ll go in the net. That’ll be easy’.
“It turns out that it isn’t.”
He added: “I’m nursing a few injuries at the minute but I’m loving it.
“I’ve been involved in Soccer Aid for a long, long time. It raises so much money for UNICEF.”
But now Paddy has made the decision not to take part, with comedian Joel Dommett set to replace him as goalkeeper.
Joel told his Instagram followers: ” So @mcguinness.paddy is injured – I’m in goal for @socceraid .. I’m gonna leap everywhere and do that thing where they catch the ball and shout at everyone.”
The news comes after Capital FM Radio DJ Roman Kemp pulled out on Friday night after testing positive for Covid-19.
He tweeted: “I’m absolutely gutted. I’ve had a positive test come through so I won’t be playing at @SoccerAid.
“I’ll be cheering from a sofa and hope that everyone donates as much as they can for the cause.”