Rod Stewart to undergo ankle operation following knee replacement

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Rod Stewart performs during The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on February 18, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Rod Stewart performs during The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on February 18, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Rod Stewart is set to go under the knife again to have his ankle fused, months after a knee replacement.

The singer has explained his leg woes are the result of playing on "bone dry" football pitches in Los Angeles.

"First of all it was my knee as I played football all my life," he told The Mirror. "I am suffering for it now. My knee got fixed with a replacement and then the ankle did not know what was going on.

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"It was crooked. So I have had to have an ankle fusion. So when this is all done I should have a nice straight leg and I should be able to run.

"My leg has been caused by playing on awful pitches in Los Angeles. They are bone dry.”

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Stewart was discharged from hospital on his 75th birthday back in January after knee replacement surgery.

The Maggie May hitmaker is well-known for his love of football, although has recently revealed it didn't go to plan when he tried to invite Elton John down for a game on his pitch.

It was an attempt at reconciliation on his part after the pair had a falling out, but fellow football enthusiast John snubbed the invite according to Stewart.

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The father-of-eight’s other health issues include a prostate cancer diagnosis in 2016, which he chose to keep private at the time.

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Three years later in 2019 while attending a fundraiser for the Prostate Project and European Tour Foundation he shared that he had been given the all-clear from doctors.

“No one knows this, but I thought this was about time I told everybody. I’m in the clear now, simply because I caught it early. I have so many tests," he said.

He also underwent treatment for thyroid cancer after being diagnosed with the disease in 2000.

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