Paul Gascoigne’s recent shoulder injury could reportedly force him to withdraw from Italian reality show Island Of The Famous.
The 53-year-old former England star grabbed his arm in pain after completing an assault course with his fellow islanders on the endurance-based TV series – the Italian version of the globally syndicated I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out. Or Here!
According to The sun, the producers of the series got together on Saturday night to discuss whether Paul is fit enough to continue with the show.
Ouch: Paul Gascoigne’s recent shoulder injury could reportedly see him forced to pull out of Italian reality show Island Of The Famous
The former footballer was flown to hospital on Thursday for emergency check-ups after his injury, which forced him to temporarily stop filming.
A friend of Paul’s told the publication: ‘He dislocated his shoulder. It’s such a shame because he did so well.
He’s resting while the medical team checks him. The producers are very concerned.
‘He can be withdrawn. There are also insurance issues to consider. ‘
Talks: According to The Sun, producers of the series met on Saturday night to discuss whether Paul is fit enough to continue with the show
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Paul seemed in the middle of completing an assault course with his fellow islanders when he sustained his injury, stripping into red beach shorts and a blue life jacket.
The sportsman had to run on the beach before climbing a wall of nets, wading through another cargo net, and climbing onto the platform to shoot a ball through a basketball hoop.
The celebrities competed for a treat of spaghetti and meatballs for dinner, but it soon became apparent that Paul had injured himself.
Nasty injury: The former England star grabbed his arm in pain after completing an assault course with his fellow islanders on the endurance-based TV series
As he gripped his arm in pain, the host was heard saying, “What happened to Paul, he looks in trouble?”
Participant Gilles Rocca helped Paul away from the cameras to the medical team, and correspondent Massimiliano Rosolino told viewers, “He hurt his shoulder. The doctor is there and he helped him right away. I don’t know what he is like, but we have an extraordinary team. ‘
He later confirmed, “Paul is with the medics, but the initial opinion is that he has not been seriously injured.”
Paul was then noticeably absent for the rest of that evening’s show, missing the final round of nominations.
The former Newcastle United and England footballer is currently in Honduras after flying to the country of Central America to perform in the grueling series.
Close call: contestant Gilles Rocca helped Paul away from the cameras to wait for a medical team
It comes amid reports that Gazza is paid around 7,000 Euros (£ 5,981) for every week he participates in the show.
According to Il Messaggero newspaper, the sportsman has signed a contract for the weekly fee along with actress Vera Gemma, actor Brando Giorgi, former Italian Strictly star Giles Rocca and actor Roberto Ciufoli.
TV presenter Elisa Isoardi is reportedly the contestant who signed for the highest weekly wage, EUR 15,000 (£ 12,816).
Paul had studied Italian while waiting to fly to the island.
A source previously told The Sun: ‘Paul has a basic understanding of Italian and he can make himself understood … But what we really want to avoid is too often subtitles because that would ruin it.
Dramatic: he grabbed his arm in pain and could hear the host say, ‘What happened to Paul, he looks in trouble?’
The idea is to get him to a good conversation level so that he can talk to the other competitors. We expect exciting TV from Paul. ‘
Paul had also spoken in his native language with the publication about his strengths and what he will bring to the camp.
When asked what he has to offer his 14 fellow campers, Paul said, “I am good at fishing,” before adding, “My best thing is that I can make people laugh and I always smile.”
A source said: ‘Paul is in great shape. He told producers he spent lockdown in England to keep fit by running and cycling, and it certainly paid off. He looks phenomenal and has a physique that any man half his age would be proud of. ‘
The former footballer made a dramatic debut when he arrived by helicopter and had to jump into the ocean from a height and swim to the island.
Epic show: The former soccer player made a dramatic debut when he arrived by helicopter and had to jump into the ocean from a height and swim to the island