BBC presenter forced to pull out of live show after painful injury leaves her 'on crutches'

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BBC News presenter Sophie Raworth has been forced to pull out of a Prime Ministerial Debate after suffering a painful ankle injury.

The broadcaster, 56, was set to moderate the upcoming debate, which will see Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer go head-to-head once again later this month. However, Sophie has revealed that she is no longer medically able to host the show.

A keen runner, Sophie said in a statement to The Mirror that she suffered an injury whilst running the London Marathon in April and had to quit the race after he ankle "blew up". Since then, she has struggled with pain on the injured foot and has been left unable to walk on it.

Sophie Raworth injured her ankle whilst running the London Marathon
Sophie Raworth injured her ankle whilst running the London Marathon -Credit:Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images

"The injury I picked up at the London marathon has now been diagnosed as a fracture in my ankle," she said. "I was only told this last week during the D-Day commemorations. I’m now on crutches, in a boot and non-weight-bearing for some time."

Today programme presenter Mishal Husain will be taking her place in moderating the debate. Sophie went on to say about Mishal: "Mishal Husain is a fantastic presenter and will be brilliant at moderating what is a really important debate for both the two leaders and the BBC. I’m delighted she is doing it."

Mishal added: "Sophie has been remarkable in the pace and the way she’s worked in recent weeks, despite her injury. I can’t see myself ever stepping into her running shoes but she can count on me for this, as the two prime ministerial candidates face each other for their last television encounter."

The debate is set to air on Wednesday 26 June at 8.15pm, with Laura Kuenssberg and Clive Myrie providing political analysis and reaction afterwards until 10pm. While Sophie is stepping down from the debate, she will be presenting BBC News bulletins still as well as general election night coverage for the BBC.

Sophie Raworth is a regular face on BBC News
Sophie Raworth is a regular face on BBC News -Credit:BBC

Speaking about the political debates, Deputy CEO of BBC News Jonathan Munro said: "These debates are a key moment in the campaign – giving voters the chance to ask questions of their future prime minister.

"Mishal did an outstanding job on Friday - the BBC is very fortunate to have such a wealth of talent to draw upon. We’re wishing Sophie a speedy recovery; it seems it’s not only football managers who need to worry about foot injuries!"

Mishal moderated the first debate on Friday 7th June between Penny Mordaunt, Angela Rayner, Daisy Cooper, Stephen Flynn, Carla Denyer, Rhun ap lorwerth and Nigel Farage on BBC One.