Gladiator star Cobra has hip surgery just weeks as he continues to recover from life threatening pneumonia


GLADIATOR star Cobra is currently recovering from a hip replacement, just weeks after beating pneumonia.

Television star Michael Wilson, 55, appears to be on the mend after undergoing treatment for pneumonia, as well as a hip operation two weeks ago.

As well as suffering from pneumonia in both lungs and a chest condition pleurisy, Michael couldn’t lift his arm due a rupture in his shoulder

Despite the month long stint in hospital, Cobra revealed he’s already back in the gym and is ready to get fit again.

He told The Mirror: “I’ve got a new hip. I’ve recovered really quick. I got over… well I’m still getting over pleurisy and pneumonia.

“I’m waiting on a bicep repair, I might have a new shoulder next year and in three months I’m going to get my other hip done.

“I’m now doing lots of physiotherapy. I’m been going to the gym. Keeping the muscles strong.”

The star told The Mirror: ‘I’m still getting over pleurisy and pneumonia.’


The 55-year-old was admitted into hospital earlier this year after “destroying” his body with insane workouts[/caption]

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Michael was Cobra in telly hit Gladiators, which was watched by 14 million people in the 90s[/caption]


Michael was a big star as Cobra alongside Flame, Panther, Saracen and Phoenix[/caption]

Earlier this year, The Sun Online exclusively revealed the fitness fanatic had been rushed into hospital after “destroying” his body with insane workouts.

As well as suffering from pneumonia in both lungs and a chest condition pleurisy, Michael couldn’t lift his arm due a rupture in his shoulder.

This isn’t the first time the TV favourite, who was one of the shows biggest stars between 1992 and 2000, has suffered from health problems.

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He starred alongside Michael Van Wijk’s baddie Wolf[/caption]



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Michael was rushed into hospital last year with health problems[/caption]

Last year he was was taken into hospital with severe acute pancreatitis – a cripplingly painful condition where your pancreas swells up.

He explained at the time: “I’m only half a Gladiator now. It’s been touch and go. I don’t feel like I’m kicking the bucket at the minute, but it will only take another cold or cough and I’m in trouble.

“I’m isolated in my own ward. It goes to show – you never know what’s round the corner.”

Michael, who lives in St Mary’s Bay, Kent, described how “destroyed” his immune system with arthritis after taking on brutal workouts.


The Gladiators stars were expected to be fit[/caption]

He added: “I pushed the limit and listened to silly Arnold Schwarzenegger saying you’ve got to take more pain than your competitors.

“But pain is your body saying: ‘Oi, pack it in.’ You need to pull back, not push through. But for 20-plus years I was: push, push, push.”

Nevertheless, the star is now looking to make changes to his lifestyle for once and for all.

He told The Mirror: ““I was really ill in that hospital. I wasn’t sure if I was going to get out. Now every day I see as a bonus.

“I’ve put myself on a proper diet, I’m going to give it as much as I can to get back in shape.”

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