Rod Stewart reveals his ‘football days are over’ after suffering ankle injury

Oh dear: Rod Stewart has revealed that his 'football days are over' after suffering an injury to his ankle when he was tackled by son Alastair, 15 (pictured 2017 with Alastair left and son Aiden)

Rod Stewart has revealed that his ‘football days are over’ after suffering an injury to his ankle. 

The rock singer, 76, has been hurt ever since his 15-year-old son Alastair tackled him during a game. 

Speaking to The Scottish Sun after appearing on crutches during wife Penny Lancaster’s Lorraine interview last week he said: ‘My football days are over.

Oh dear: Rod Stewart has revealed that his 'football days are over' after suffering an injury to his ankle when he was tackled by son Alastair, 15 (pictured 2017 with Alastair left and son Aiden)

Oh dear: Rod Stewart has revealed that his ‘football days are over’ after suffering an injury to his ankle when he was tackled by son Alastair, 15 (pictured 2017 with Alastair left and son Aiden)

‘I have a bad ankle injury which I suffered from being tackled by my 15-year-old son.

‘I can still kick a ball when needed though.’  

Rod has become known for his support for the Glasgow-based football club Celtic FC over the years. 

He went under the knife last October just months after a successful knee replacement operation and still occasionally uses crutches. 

Injury: The rock singer, 76, has been hurt ever since Alastair tackled him during a game (seen crashing wife Penny Lancaster's Lorraine interview last week on crutches)

Injury: The rock singer, 76, has been hurt ever since Alastair tackled him during a game (seen crashing wife Penny Lancaster’s Lorraine interview last week on crutches)

Rod has previously blamed his knee trouble on playing football games on ‘bone dry’ pitches in Los Angeles. 

He said: ‘I’m suffering for it now. When this is all done I should have a nice straight leg and should be able to run.’

Last Thursday Rod crashed Penny’s Lorraine interview as she was discussing her police training and working to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. 

Go for it Rod: 'I have a bad ankle injury which I suffered from being tackled by my 15-year-old son. 'I can still kick a ball when needed though' (pictured 2019)

Go for it Rod: ‘I have a bad ankle injury which I suffered from being tackled by my 15-year-old son. ‘I can still kick a ball when needed though’ (pictured 2019)

Fan: Rod has become known for his support for the Glasgow based football club Celtic FC over the years

Fan: Rod has become known for his support for the Glasgow based football club Celtic FC over the years 

The model, 50, was discussing training to become a police constable when her rocker beau suddenly appeared behind her on a pair of crutches. 

Lorraine, 61, delightedly exclaimed: ‘Hello! He’s behind you’, as Rod briefly appeared on screen while his wife was chatting.

Penny didn’t appear to mind the interruption as she smiled as Rod walked off, before Lorraine quizzed her on why Rod was walking on crutches. 

She said: ‘Has he got a sore leg?’

Penny explained: ‘He had knee surgery but the ankle surgery is taking a little bit longer to heal from, but he’ll be back. He’s got a whole new album coming out soon and he’s very supportive of me doing the police, he knows I’ve got a burning desire.’ 

Funny: Last Thursday Rod crashed Penny's Lorraine interview as she was discussing her police training and working to raise money for the British Heart Foundation

Funny: Last Thursday Rod crashed Penny’s Lorraine interview as she was discussing her police training and working to raise money for the British Heart Foundation 

Penny, who has been married, 76, to Rod since 2007,  went on to discuss her police training to become a constable and being a police officer. 

She said: ‘That picture was taken on Channel 4’s Famous and Fighting Crime so there were some very scary moments, but I felt like this is where I’m meant to be.

‘I know it’s crazy because I’m the wife of Rod Stewart, and for me being a police officer, I feel like you make a difference every day. We are upholding the law, our biggest priority is protecting life and property and maintaining the peace.’  

Make a wish! Penny celebrated her 50th birthday in lockdown and lit 50 personalised candles for the occasion in an Instagram post earlier this month

Make a wish! Penny celebrated her 50th birthday in lockdown and lit 50 personalised candles for the occasion in an Instagram post earlier this month

On Rod being supportive, she said: ‘Obviously, he will be nervous for me because police do put themselves out there. I think the police get a hard rap sometimes, with every step we take we have to go through a whole step course of decision making.

‘We’re all trained to treat the public as equals and we would like the public to treat the police with the same respect, and we all set ourselves to create a good experience as well as preventing crime.’

Earlier this month, Penny celebrated her 50th birthday in lockdown and lit 50 personalised candles for the occasion. She took to her Instagram to share a snap of her mantelpiece with fans.

Happiness: Former model Penny ¿ who shares sons Alistair, 15, and Aiden, 10, with Rod, dotted the candles amongst family photo frames (pictured together in 2020)

Happiness: Former model Penny – who shares sons Alistair, 15, and Aiden, 10, with Rod, dotted the candles amongst family photo frames (pictured together in 2020)

Penny – who shares sons Alistair, 15, and Aiden, 10, with Rod, dotted the candles amongst photo frames and a vase of lillies to celebrate.

She spaced the white and green candles, which had things like ‘Lady P’ and ’50’ written on them, across every inch of the surface dotted between a white bust.   

The mother-of-two said that the ‘outpouring of love’ she received on her special day had ‘warmed’ her soul.

She penned: ‘My lockdown 50th was magical. The out pouring of love and birthday wishes warmed me to my soul. 

‘You made my birthday complete, just as you make my life complete. My zoom party was full of unforgettable memories, tears and laughter. 

Magical: The mother-of-two said the 'outpouring of love' she received on her special day had 'warmed' her soul

Magical: The mother-of-two said the ‘outpouring of love’ she received on her special day had ‘warmed’ her soul 

‘I made lots of wishes when I blow out all 50 of my hand made personalised candles, giving thanks to all my cherished loved ones’. 

Penny also took to her Instagram Stories to give fans a closer look at her personalised candles, which had ‘soul’ and ‘ritz’ adorned on them.

As she panned across the table, with Annie Lennox’s hit Shining Light playing over the clip, there was also a candle with ‘goats’ on it, a nod to her pet pygmies Rupert, Biscuit and Hazel. 

Her birthday cake also featured her beloved goats, with three chocolate sculptures perched on top. 

Penny’s green cake was made to look like a field with a fence round the bottom and little icing flowers on top, and included the names of her pets around the base.  

Beloved pets: Penny's birthday cake also featured her goats, with three chocolate sculptures perched on top of the cake which was made to look like a field

Beloved pets: Penny’s birthday cake also featured her goats, with three chocolate sculptures perched on top of the cake which was made to look like a field 

Musician Rod shares his daughter, as well as son Sean, 40, with his first wife Alana Stewart, who he was married to married for five years. 

The music sensation has fathered eight children in total, including two during his second marriage with Rachel Hunter, daughter Renee, 28, and son Liam, 26.  

Rod was married to the New Zealand-born model from 1990 until 1999 and eventually divorced in 2006.

The star also shares daughter Ruby, 33, with his model ex Kelly Emberg.  

His first child – Sarah Streeter, 57, from his romance with then-art student Susannah Boffey – was given up for adoption after he fathered her at age 18. 

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