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Paddy McGuinness has ‘agonising’ ice bath after Soccer Aid withdrawal

That ice bath does NOT look fun… (Instagram/Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

Paddy McGuinness has shared an update on his recovery after pulling out of Soccer Aid due to an injury, dipping into an ‘agonising’ ice bath.

Just hours before Soccer Aid 2021 kicked off, Paddy, 48, revealed that he had been forced to withdraw after tearing his lateral meniscus.

In a post shared on Instagram, the A Question of Sport host 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.’

Shortly after his announcement, he shared a video on Instagram showing himself pouring a large bowl of ice cubes into a bath, before stepping into the ice cold water.

Paddy gasped as he got into the bath, before acclimatising to the freezing temperature.

‘Ice bath, agony to start with, then you get used to it, then you need more ice! #weekend #injury #recovery #saturday #iceicebaby,’ he wrote in the caption.

Several Instagram users wished Paddy a speedy recovery, with one commenting: ‘Hope you mend fast pal.’

‘Ahh Paddy sorry you’re injured. Was looking forward to you playing tonight,’ another wrote, alongside a crying emoji.

Paddy has competed in five Soccer Aid matches in the past, making his first appearance in 2010.

On Friday evening, the first episode of the revamped A Question of Sport aired on BBC One, with Paddy replacing Sue Barker as the host.

Sam Quek, Paddy McGuinness and Ugo Monye on A Question of Sport

The new series of A Question of Sport launched on Friday evening (Picture: BBC/James Stack)

Viewers were divided over the sports quiz show’s new line-up, with new team captains Sam Quek and Ugo Monye also replacing Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell.

Several people called for Sue to return, who left the show after presenting it for 24 years.

However, others jumped to the show’s defence, stating that they think viewers should give it a chance for its first few weeks back.

Ahead of the new series launch, Paddy joked that he hadn’t had to break up too many fights between the team captains.

‘Do you know what, it’s been actually really lovely. I’ve not had to stop many arguments at the minute,’ he said.

‘They’re both very competitive, I would say that, but it’s kind of just flowed really and there’s been a really nice vibe.’

Soccer Aid is live on ITV and will be available to watch on ITV Hub.

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