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Gary Lineker has announced that he will miss Saturday’s Match of the Day due to illness. 

The esteemed England legend, who typically hosts the football highlights show every week, will be absent on Saturday evening. 

Lineker shared the news this afternoon on X, formerly Twitter, stating: ‘Some good news for some: I’ve been silenced… with a rotten cold that seems to be lasting forever. 

‘Hate missing hosting @BBCMOTD but I’ll be watching.’ he added in his post. 

Fans swiftly sent their well-wishes to the former striker who hopes to be feeling better for the show next week. 

The former England legend Gary Lineker will miss Saturday’s Match of the Day due to illness 

Newcastle fans joked that they didn't want Alan Shearer catching his cold

Newcastle fans joked that they didn’t want Alan Shearer catching his cold

Mark Chapman will host the BBC football show in place of Gary Lineker

Mark Chapman will host the BBC football show in place of Gary Lineker 

Lineker has become a much-loved member of the Match of the Day team

Lineker has become a much-loved member of the Match of the Day team

Ian Wright has announced he will be 'stepping back' from BBC's Match of the Day next year

Ian Wright has announced he will be ‘stepping back’ from BBC’s Match of the Day next year

Lineker has been the face of Match of the Day for nearly 25 years, regularly accompanied by football icons such as Alan Shearer, Ian Wright, and Micah Richards. 

Having become a much-loved pundit, the star last went off-air during his disagreement with the BBC over his views on the government’s migration policy. 

The former striker is one of the highest paid presenters, earning around £1.3million per year. 

As host of the football highlights show for almost 25 years, without him, the flagship programme looks wildly different, even with him out for a short spell. 

In December, Match of the Day and BBC Sport sealed a new four-year deal with the Premier League.  

Questions over Lineker’s future on the show have lingered for a while, though the England legend reiterated his love for the show and said it was ‘too early’ to think about anything beyond the flagship programme. 

Fellow pundit Ian Wright confirmed last year that he would be stepping down from Match of the Day at the end of the season, saying that it was ‘time to do a few more different things with my Saturdays’.

Match of the Day 2’s host, Mark Chapman, will take over from Lineker in his absence on Saturday night’s show which will air from 10.30pm on BBC One. 



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