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McFly postpone tour after neck injury

Harry Judd Image copyright David Rogers / Getty Images
Image caption Former Strictly champion Judd said he was "absolutely gutted"

Pop band McFly have been forced to postpone their UK tour after drummer Harry Judd suffered a herniated disc.

The drummer's injury occurred at the base of his neck, and will require several months rest and treatment.

"I'm absolutely gutted that we've had to postpone the tour," he said in a statement to fans.

"I've honestly tried everything to make it work, but I'd never want to do a tour where I wouldn't be able to give you the 110% performance you deserve."

The tour, which was due to kick off in June, has already been rescheduled for September.

Singer Tom Fletcher said: "Sorry we've had to move the tour. Completely Harry's fault. All complaints to be sent to @mcflyharry.

"On a more positive note, it gives Danny more time to learn the words to our songs. See you all in September."

Image caption Harry Judd wrestles Paddy McGuinness for Sport Relief

Judd, who won the 2011 series of Strictly Come Dancing, appeared in a Sport Relief wrestling match earlier this year.

He won the bout but his opponent, TV personality Paddy McGuinness, landed a powerful right hook to his head during the early stages.

It is not thought that his neck injury is related to the match.

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Image caption The band's hits include All About You and 5 Colours In Her Hair

McFly have scored seven number one hits in their career, with songs including All About You, Star Girl and 5 Colours In Her Hair. They have recently started touring in their own right again, following a stint as a "supergroup" with associated boyband act Busted.

The band's Anthology 2016 tour sees them play three-night residencies in Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and Dublin.

Each night will feature a setlist based on one of the group's first three albums.

Tickets for the original dates will be honoured at the rescheduled shows, details of which are available on the McFly website.

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