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X Factor's Jedward pledge to play on after stage fall

The show must go on. Jedward star Edward Grimes is expected to return to Ireland today ahead of surgery for a torn cruciate ligament in his knee.

The 18-year-old will be operated on in a Dublin hospital on the injury he sustained after landing badly on his left leg -- but he is adamant the injury will not put a stop to any planned Jedward shows.

It happened during an outdoor performance in Weston-super-Mare in the UK on Sunday.

The Dublin-born 'X Factor' finalist was described as "comfortable" and looking forward to returning to his family home in Lucan, west Dublin.

However, band sources say Edward, who yesterday had his leg in a cast, is determined that his injury will not affect promotion for Jedward's new single, the Blink 182 cover 'All The Small Things' on July 19 and their debut album 'Planet Jedward' on July 26.

The singer's knee will take at least six to eight weeks to fully recover from the surgery, but sources say that Edward has already told band management not to cancel a Jedward show planned for Ipswich in the UK next Friday.

"Edward hopes the gig can go ahead with him perhaps on a stool. It's a long way from what Jedward normally do live but the show must go on," said a band spokesman.

The sentiment was backed up in a statement by their manager Louis Walsh. He said Edward would make a "quick recovery" and that the pair were determined to see out their album promotion and Irish tour commitments.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, he said: "I've been talking to Edward and he's adamant that he wants all this to go ahead. His brother John has been looking after him and I'm sure Edward will be back on his feet very soon. We've had an amazing amount of messages and calls since Sunday," he added.

Having sold 40,000 tickets to 27 dates around Ireland last April, band management insist that Edward will be fully recovered to complete another tour of Ireland planned to take place in the coming months.

Source Irish Independent

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