Ben Shephard was given a new set up at the Good Morning Britain desk as he came back to the programme on Monday after an operation on his leg.
The presenter, 46, underwent an operation after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament or ACL – a ligament that helps stabilise the knee joint – in his right leg while playing football. He also tore his meniscus, the piece of cartilage that provides a cushion between your thighbone and shinbone.
He joined Susanna Reid on the first episode of the week who gave him a warm welcome back, but noted he had been given a different sitting position to as he continues to recover.
She said: ‘Well hello stranger! Welcome back. That looks slightly uncomfortable…’
The host pointed out the fact Ben’s leg was propped up on a stool under the desk, using her minicam to give viewers a closer look.
‘I thought, I’ve been off for a few weeks, I’m gonna start ringing the changes,’ he joked.
He explained the nasty injury he suffered while playing football he added: ‘Thanks for all your lovely messages, it’s lovely to think you all care.
‘Could you send some of that love to my wife because she’s really struggling!’
Ben explained: ‘This is the first time in about three weeks I’ve had trousers on, shoes and socks as well.’
Ben returned to the programme after his operation (Picture: ITV)
As viewers sent him support telling him to get better soon, the Tipping Point star joked: ‘Although not too quickly because I’m enjoying all this attention.’
The TV star gave fans an update on his physio, saying his sessions were ‘so far, so good’ but admitted they were ‘agony’, explaining he and his physiotherapist were focusing on regaining the ability to extend and flex his leg.
He previously appeared on the ITV programme in June sporting a brace to help him recover.
His leg was resting on a stool under the desk (Picture: ITV)
Explaining what happened, Ben shared: ‘A few weeks ago, you may remember I played in the cup final of the Arthur Dunn Veteran’s Cup, my old boys’ team.
‘Without realising, I have ruptured my ACL, I’ve torn my meniscus, and I’ve fractured part of my leg as well.’
‘Interestingly, I didn’t realise I had done it quite so badly,’ the T4 star continued. ‘I carried on playing for about 25 minutes before I thought, “Do you know what, it feels a little bit unstable.”
‘It turns out, I’d severed all the nerves which is why I couldn’t feel any pain and just carried on playing.’
He quipped: ‘The sad thing is it didn’t effect my standard of football.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.