Louise Minchin says plans up in the air amid painful foot injury ‘How long to recover?’

Carol Kirkwood and Louise Minchin joke about presents

Louise Minchin was briefly absent from BBC Breakfast earlier this month following an operation on her foot. The broadcaster has confessed her plans are up in the air because she is uncertain how long it will take for her foot to heal.

The 52-year-old chatted with her co-presenter Annie Emmerson on their podcast titled Her Spirit where the correspondent addressed her recovery.

Annie asked: “What have you got planned for 2021? You’re going to have a fixed foot?”

A hesitant Louise replied: “I don’t know. It’s strange, isn’t it?

“Because I have done all of those amazing adventures and I wouldn’t change anything with the things that I’ve done.”

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The BBC host – who is a keen runner – admitted there is no timescale for her recovery.

“I don’t know Annie. I don’t know how long it’s going to take me to recover,” Louise mused.

“I have got a couple of things in the diary which is exciting.

“But as we know from this year, things can be taken out of your diary which is beyond your control.”

She went on: “The most important one is the London Marathon – which, of course, wasn’t in London – is taking place in October.

“Fingers crossed I’ve still got a place for that because I had a place this year.”

Her comments come after Louise sustained an injury during the last few weeks of her training for the “epic extreme triathlon Norseman” in the summer last year.

She was building up her endurance for the triathlon by running up and down Snowdon at the time.


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The newsreader “tripped on a pavement” and felt something “in my foot rip as my ankle crumpled under me”.

Despite the injury, Louise ran through the pain and continued training.

She later went for an X-ray and MRI scan which confirmed she had broken a bone and snapped an ankle ligament a year and a half earlier.

In a piece about her injury, Louise added: “The operation went well; my foot is now fixed, and I am the proud owner of a reconstructed ligament, but I had no idea how painful, nor how debilitating it would be.”

Meanwhile, Louise has confirmed she will be hosting BBC Breakfast on Christmas Day, where she will be joined by weather presenter Carol Kirkwood.

The broadcaster warned viewers they will “need tissues” as the special programme will be an emotional one.

“I’ve got a little insight for you as I know a little bit about what we’ve got on the programme,” explained Louise. “I warn you, everybody at home, it’s going to be great but you also might need tissues as well.”

The two popular hosts will look back on the past 12 months as they navigate through some special moments with guests including Sir Captain Tom Moore and former rugby star Rob Burrow.

BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One at 6am.


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