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Phil Collins Fractured Foot In Post-surgery Fall

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Veteran Musician Phil Collins Is Using A Walking Stick To Get Around After Fracturing His Foot In A Fall While He Was Recovering From A Back Operation.

The former Genesis star cancelled a number of engagements in October (15) after he was admitted to hospital for surgery, and he has now revealed the operation was to treat trapped nerves which left him in agony.

"I woke up one morning last October with a devastating pain all the way down my right side and I went to this doctor..." he tells BBC Breakfast. "He told me before that my back is shot, my hips are shot, it's from sitting like this for 60 years playing the drums... Bits wear out... My vertebrae were like this (out of alignment)... Trapped nerves. So without really asking he took me in for an operation, which was fantastic."

However, Collins suffered a disaster shortly after the surgery when he fell over and fractured a bone in his foot, and he has since been using a cane to help him get around.

"Unfortunately, I fell trying to move around a bit after the operation and fractured my foot. That why I'm hobbling..." he adds.

Pictures of Collins walking with a stick emerged earlier this month (Jan16) and sparked fears for his health as the rocker appeared so frail, but the musician is adamant he is fit and well aside from the foot injury, declaring, "Otherwise I'm (good)."

Collins is due to make a return to music this year (16) after a long break, with plans to release a new album and head out on tour.

"I'm no longer officially retired," he told Rolling Stone magazine. "The horse is out of the stable and I'm raring to go. My kids are now 10 and 14 and they want to see what their dad does. They were in nappies when I was last on the road. They love my music and I'd like to take them out so they can enjoy it."

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Last modified onThursday, 28 January 2016 19:41

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