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Sir Elton John is due to have hip surgery after "falling awkwardly on a hard surface".

The musician will be having his operation in the next few days which has pushed back his retirement tour.

The 74 year old said: "I’ve had to postpone limbo dancing for a little while. I’m going to have my hip operated on early in October.

"Then I shall be recuperating and doing my physiotherapy and hopefully I’ll be all right in a couple of months. So fingers crossed."

Sir Elton had planned gigs around Europe and the UK, which were due to take place between October and December this year.

Doctors advised him to get the surgery on his hip "as soon as possible", reports the Daily Star.

The incident just comes weeks away from the release of his latest album, which is due out on 22 October.

The album The Lockdown Sessions was produced after a random meeting with singer and producer Charlie Puth.

At the time, Sir Elton said: “We left Australia, we finished our tour, and we went to LA.

"And I was in a restaurant and then someone brought Charlie over, and I’d never met Charlie before and I was a big fan.

"And I found out that he lived four doors away from me in LA, and he said ‘Listen, if you’re bored, I have a studio if you want to write something’.

"I said ‘I’d love to write something with you, I’m not doing anything’.

"So I snuck up there in a mask and we wrote After All, which appears on the lockdown sessions."

The album will feature artists such as Olly Alexander and Dua Lipa.

The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour was originally due to go ahead in 2020 but got pushed back as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The European and UK dates are now expected to be pushed back until 2023, but an official announcement is yet to be made.

Sir Elton's husband David Furnish previously shared an update on how the star was doing ahead of his surgery.

David told Hello!: "He's good. He's in pain. His hip is quite sore. He's been soldiering on for a long time, and he really was devastated to have to reschedule the next three months of shows.

"But your health has to come first and I don't think he would have been able to finish the tour if he wasn't going to go in and have the hip surgery done so I'm actually really relieved and excited.

"Then he'll be able to go back on the road and be pain-free and then everybody will get a better show and he'll be happier."

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