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Eamonn Holmes on road to recovery after successful hip op

By David Young

Published 05/02/2016

Ruth Langsford with her husband Eamonn Holmes
Ruth Langsford with her husband Eamonn Holmes

Eamonn Holmes is recovering well after successfully undergoing surgery for a double hip replacement.

The Belfast-born broadcaster and journalist gave an emotional goodbye to the This Morning sofa team at the end of January as he prepared for the operation which will see him take a 10-week break from our screens.

"My future part is happening tomorrow morning. These new hips better be worth it," Eamonn tweeted.

Sky News anchor Eamonn hosts the ITV show along with wife Ruth Langsford on a Friday.

Good luck messages flooded in from fans of the show, including from former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson who went through a similar operation just two years ago.

Ulster Comedian John Linehan, famous for his stage alter ego May McFettridge, wished Eamonn a speedy recovery.

John's wife is related to Eamonn, and the This Morning presenter gave the entertainer his start in showbiz when he featured John's May McFettridge character on his Downtown Radio show.

Mr Linehan, who had a major knee operation a couple of years ago, said he had already been in touch with Eamonn to wish him well - and offer him some advice for his post-op recovery.

"I texted him a message saying that the most important thing after an operation like that is to make sure that you do the physiotherapy.

"I had my knee done in 2013, and it's grand now," the comedian told the Belfast Telegraph last night.

Presenter Eamonn also received a basket of goodies from the Manchester United team - including a shirt signed by Wayne Rooney.

Eamonn's wife and co-presenter Ruth Langsford took to Twitter yesterday to say that the op had gone well, and that Eamonn was smiling following the procedure.

She said: "I'm very happy to tell you that Eamonn's back from surgery, all went well and he is smiling.

"Thank you for all your support and good wishes."

Olympic swimming gold medallist Rebecca Adlington also sent a goodwill message following the double hop operation.

"So glad!!! Wishing you a speedy recovery! X" the Olympian tweeted.

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