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Eamonn Holmes will return to work at This Morning next week after recovery from double hip operation

Published 08/04/2016

This Morning on ITV with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford
This Morning on ITV with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford
Eamonn Holmes on crutches

Eamonn Holmes is set to return to the This Morning sofa next week after 10 weeks off to recover from a double hip replacement.

The Belfast-born TV presenter has faced months of rehab to get him back on his feet following the operation but wife Ruth Langsford announced that he would be back next Friday.

Rylan Clark-Neal has been standing in for Eamonn with Ruth in recent weeks but he said that today would be his last show.

Ruth said: “A lot of you will be very happy that it’s the last day of the working week but we’re a bit sad because it’s Rylan’s last day today.

“We’ve had a brilliant two weeks together but my lovely husband is coming back. You’ve been my TV husband but he’s my real husband.

“He’s very pleased that he’s back next Friday.”

Rylan added: “We can’t wait to have him back. We’ve really all missed him.”

“You’ve been a very good stand-in husband,” Ruth told the former X Factor star, “Thanks for looking after me.”

Read more: Emotional send off for Eamonn Holmes as he prepares for hip op

Eamonn said an emotional goodbye to the famous daytime show’s sofa in January as he prepared for the big procedure.

Making light of the situation at the time, the 56-year-old joked that this show "could be my last" but Ruth revealed she had been crying because she was worried about him.

He has shared images from his recovery with fans on social media and made an unexpected return to the show last week to pay tribute to agony aunt Denise Robertson, who died from cancer at the age of 83.

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