Ben Shephard had to co-host ‘Good Morning Britain’ with his feet up on Monday, as he returned to the show two weeks after undergoing an operation.
The 46-year-old TV presenter went under the knife to repair his ruptured ACL and torn meniscus a few weeks ago, and he admitted on the programme his recovery is ‘so far so good’.
Speaking alongside co-host Susanna Reid today, he said: ‘I just thought, I’ve been off for a few weeks, I’m going to start ringing the changes.
‘So far so good’: Ben Shephard, 46, propped his leg up on a stool beneath his desk on Monday as he made his Good Morning Britain return following a football injury
‘I feel like I should be able to do the show with my feet up.
‘But it’s so far so good. It’ll be two weeks tomorrow post-operation.’
Susanna used her own camera to give GMB viewers a closer look at Ben’s new setup as he sat with his leg propped up on a stool.
Ben thanked the ‘GMB’ viewers for their heartfelt wishes, but joked his wife Annie Shephard is the one who has been ‘really struggling’.
New setup: Ben’s co-host Susanna Reid used a portable camera to give GMB viewers a close up of Ben’s behind-the-desk situation as he rested his leg on a stool and a cushion
Back in front of the cameras: The 46-year-old TV presenter went under the knife to repair his ruptured ACL and torn meniscus a few weeks ago, and he admitted on the programme his recovery is ‘so far so good’
He quipped: ‘Thank you for all your lovely messages, it’s been lovely to think you all care.
‘If it’s at all possible, could you send some of that love to my wife as she’s the one who is really struggling.’
Ben also admitted today was the first time he has worn trousers, socks and shoes at the same time since his operation.
He said: ‘Today is the first day in about three or four weeks that I’ve actually had trousers, socks and shoes on.
New way of working: Speaking alongside co-host Susanna Reid today, he said: ‘I just thought, I’ve been off for a few weeks, I’m going to start ringing the changes’
‘Trying to bend down to get things on has been the hardest thing.’
Earlier this month, Ben admitted he was facing a ‘very slow, long rehab’
Following the op to repair his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus, which he injured while playing football.
Susanna said: ‘Ben Shephard is in hospital, recovering from surgery because he ruptured his ACL playing football.
Getting comfy: Ben also admitted today was the first time he has worn trousers, socks and shoes at the same time since his operation
‘He’s going to have to undergo rehab to recover. He does say the painkillers are doing their job.’
His appearance back on the show comes after Susanna Reid sent well wishes to Good Morning Britain him while presenting Good Morning Britain a couple of weeks ago, as he remained in hospital for a football injury.
Ben revealed he was in hospital for a leg operation after rupturing his ACL and tearing his meniscus during a game of football.
The Good Morning Britain host shared a video to social media as he thanked his followers for their kind messages.
Good friend: Susanna Reid sent well wishes to Ben after he announced his injury as he remained in hospital for a leg operation after rupturing his ACL and tearing his meniscus playing football
Susanna, 50, previously played Ben’s social media video on GMB and informed viewers: ‘Ben Shephard is in hospital recovering from surgery because he ruptured his ACL playing football.
‘He’s going to have to undergo rehab to recover but he did say the pain killers are doing the job.’
Praising her co-star and showing her utmost support, Susanna added: ‘Oh you are always a consummate broadcaster Ben Shephard, and good luck with your recovery. I know Ben is going to be back in the studio very soon.
Supportive: Susana, 50, previously told GMB viewers about Ben’s injury, adding ‘lots of love to you Ben, get well soon’
‘He watches us still from the hospital bed and I am sure he will be watching the game from there this evening. Lots of love to you Ben, get well soon.’
Last month, Ben revealed he had suffered the horrific leg injury while playing football – but nerve damage meant he didn’t feel any pain.
He said: ‘Interestingly, I didn’t realise I had done it quite so badly. I carried on playing for 25 minutes before I thought, ‘it feels a little bit unstable, perhaps I should stop.’
‘It turns out I had severed all the nerves which is why I couldn’t feel any pain, and just carried on playing.’
Before Tuesday’s surgery, Ben captured his injured limb and wrote: ‘Op happens today! so far so good – arrow on the correct leg @andipeters on the tv + super stylish socks in place.’ [sic]
Sporting a hospital gown from the comfort of a bed, he shared an update after his operation and said: ‘Hi there everybody, thank you all for the amazing, lovely messages.
Hospitalisation: Ben revealed on social media that he was in hospital for a leg operation after rupturing his ACL and tearing his meniscus during a game of football
‘For those who don’t know, I ruptured my ACL and tore my meniscus in my knee playing football.’
‘That’s how it looks at the moment,’ he said as he panned the camera over his leg while discussing the pre-op solution applied to his skin: ‘That’s not the fake tan by the way I promise.
‘Despite my Essex routes, I didn’t fake tan before my surgery, so they’ve repaired the ACL and the meniscus and now starts the rehab, a very long slow rehab.
Recovery: The Good Morning Britain host shared a video as he thanked his followers for their kind messages while confirming his painkillers were working
‘I have to say though, the painkillers seem to be doing the job right now. Can’t believe I broadcast on painkillers like this a few years back.
‘Kate Garraway and Susanna Reid, what were you thinking letting me broadcast like this’.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), is a major component within the knee joint that connects the thigh bone (femur) to a bone in the lower leg (the tibia).
The operation to fix this, known as a reconstruction, has a success rate of more than 80 per cent but, on occasions, the repair fails after a period of time.
Positive: Before his surgery, Ben captured his injured limb and wrote: ‘Op happens today! so far so good – arrow on the correct leg @andipeters on the tv + super stylish socks in place’ [sic]
Meanwhile the meniscus is a a crescent shaped piece of tough cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between the shinbone and thighbone.
On Good Morning Britain last month, Ben took the opportunity to poke fun at Health Secretary Matt Hancock after his affair with an aide was exposed with a series of steamy images.
The Good Morning Britain presenter jokingly asked his co-host Kate if she had received a text from Mr Hancock when her text alert sounded on the show.
Anatomy: The ACL connects the thigh bone to a bone in the lower leg while the meniscus is a a crescent shaped piece of cartilage between the shinbone and thighbone (Stock image)
Married Mr Hancock, 42, stepped down from his role after images revealed his passionate clinch with millionaire lobbyist Gina Colangelo, 43, where he was filmed rubbing her back and bottom during their workplace embrace.
During the show ahead of a Love Island segment with former stars Jack Fincham and Amy Hart, producers played viewers the reality TV show’s text message sound.
Kate held up her phone as she played along with the skit, while Ben to teased: ‘Matt Hancock?’
Kate replied: ‘Not Matt Hancock, not Grant Shapps either!’
Dig! On Good Morning Britain last month, Ben took the opportunity to poke fun at Health Secretary Matt Hancock after his affair with an aide was exposed with steamy images
Playful: The presenter jokingly asked his co-host Kate (pictured) if she had received a text from Mr Hancock when her text alert sounded on the show