Olly Murs has been a Soccer Aid favorite for a number of years, but sadly he won’t feature in this year’s all-star match at West Ham’s London Stadium
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Soccer Aid kicks off this Sunday when a long line of famous stars takes to the field to raise money for charity – but one of the usual stars won’t be in attendance.
The sporting event will feature England captain and former One Direction star Liam Payne, as well as Line of Duty’s Martin Compston, and former Love Island winner Kem Cetinay.
However, missing a famous face in the lineup is singing superstar Olly Murs.
Olly, 38, has been involved in charity events for years – and suffered the injury just minutes after coming off the field in last year’s game.
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The former X Factor singer – who was the captain of the Soccer Aid match in 2021 – was in obvious pain after just 14 minutes on the field.
Singer Dance With Me Tonight was forced to leave the field due to injury, and was quickly replaced by rapper Aitch – who was forced to sub.
At the time, one of the commentators said: “Aitch will replace Olly Murs. Olly actually had surgery three or four weeks ago. “
“He’s got a bit of floating bone attacking his knee and he’s had to have that surgically removed and as a result he’ll only be playing for about 15 minutes tonight.”
During the 90 minutes of the match, viewers and followers from home flocked to Twitter to share their sadness over the ordeal.
One shocked viewer wrote: “Why was olly subbed? #SoccerAid “.
Meanwhile, another ITV spectator asked: “Should olly compete if he just had surgery? #SoccerAid“.
Just a month before the event, Olly revealed to her Instagram followers that he had undergone knee surgery, which ultimately affected his performance in the match.
At the time, he said, “Basically, after my second song, a piece of bone in my knee managed to – after I danced – lie down on the back of my knee, which This basically makes my legs stop.
“During the show, I was limping the whole thing, I couldn’t believe it. So I basically got in, I got the surgery.”
He explained that he wanted to complete the surgery because of road gigs.
“It’s going to be another gig, I probably won’t be running around as usual,” he added. “There might be a chair for me to sit down on but I can’t cancel these gigs.”
“It was a crazy 72 hours because I thought the worst, I thought I might have redone my knee. I think I broke my ACL, to be honest,” he added.
After the match against Soccer Aid last year, Olly revealed that the match would be his last as he vowed to focus on his music career.
He said: “I keep being warned not to play a lot because of my knee, so this will probably be my last Football Assist, so I have to go out with a bang.
“There is no pressure on England but I have to win this year.
He added: “In the long run, I want to continue my music and performing career.
“I love to dance on stage and move around to do a show and the worry is, if my knee doesn’t scratch, I won’t be able to do it anymore.
“The way I’m a performer is that I enjoy entertaining people, and having knee pain or needing a knee replacement is not something I want to get there anytime soon. Sadly, that can mean anything. I can’t continue playing football.
“I can never say never, but chances are it will be the last.”
Soccer Aid takes place on Sunday, June 12 – the event will begin at 7:30pm.
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