Coronation Street star Beverley Callard was one of the rumoured stars set to take on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! this year.
But since she revealed last week she can't walk, following her botched knee surgery, a TV source has stated the obvious and told The Sun they believe Beverley's involvement is off the cards.
'Beverley was signed up for the show when it was still planned to be in Australia. She was so excited to be able to come on board,' the source said. 'Obviously, with the surgery, she’s had complications no one could have foreseen.
Scuppered plans: Coronation Street star Beverley Callard was one of the rumoured stars set to take on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! this year
'There’s no way she’s able to take part in the show and fully experience it. At best, she might have been able to do the smaller tasks. But for most of them she’d have to sit out for medical reasons, which is no fun for Bev, nor for viewers.'
These comments are somewhat of an understatement seeing as the soap star, 63, revealed recently that she has been in excruciating agony for the past six months, after her routine hip operation left her fearing that she'd need a wheelchair, forcing her character to suddenly disappear from Corrie.
I'm A Celeb! - which is known to throw its stars out of helicopters and dangle them off the sides of buildings - is not taking place in Australia this year, but this doesn't make the lesser commute easier for Beverley.
The 2020 season will take place in a ruined Welsh castle in the middle of November - making conditions even tougher for those taking part.
Off the table? Since she revealed last week she can't walk, following her botched knee surgery, a TV source has stated the obvious and told The Sun they believe Beverley's involvement is off the cards
Queen of the castle? The 2020 season will take place in a ruined Welsh castle in the middle of November - making conditions even tougher for those taking part
Focused: She has revealed her hopes to be walking again by the end of 2020 after undergoing botched hip surgery
The actress has, however, vowed to film a proper sendoff for her long-running character Liz McDonald - insisting that she'll strut away from the cobbles in a pair of Liz's trademark high heels by hook or by crook.
Talking to The Mirror last weekend, Beverley said: 'I hope I’ll be back on my feet without crutches by the end of the year...
'Being physically fit and having that taken away from me was a shock. My heart goes out to people suffering with pain every single day. The pain drives you insane.'
She will be leaving the iconic ITV soap, but is determined to go out with a bang, even revealing that her character won't be killed off and that she may even return again one day in the future.
'As much as I hate Liz’s outfits, I can’t wait to get those heels on again,' she went on. 'This is the toughest fight of my life but I am determined to win it...
An exit to remember: The 63-year-old actress has vowed to film a proper sendoff for her long-running character Liz McDonald
'I am a strong woman but another strong woman in my life is Liz McDonald and she has been for 31 years.
'I love playing her and she has inspired me to want to get on my feet again so I can do it one last time. If there is anything apart from my family that makes me want to get back on my feet, it’s being Liz again.'
Beverley also revealed that producers were willing to write a wheelchair into Liz's exit, but that she refused this.
Sashay away! She insisted she'll strut away from the cobbles in a pair of Liz's trademark high heels by hook or by crook [pictured in character in 1990 with on-screen husband Charles Lawson]
'It wouldn’t work for me or for Liz! As soon as I’m well enough I will film Liz’s exit. I just hope it’s a belter.'
Liz first appeared on Corrie in 1989 and has appeared almost consistently on the show for three decades, taking years off here and there.
The feisty character - who has dealt with feuds, death and divorce - is unlikely to find a happy ending, however, according to Beverley.
Pain: The 63-year-old actress opened up on the excruciating agony she has been enduring amid her sudden disappearance from the show
'I’d love for Liz to find happiness, romance and everything else. I doubt that will happen as they never do that for Liz,' she said, before confirming soap bosses want to 'leave the door open' for a return.
Beverley is suing the hospital responsible for her operation after a second opinion from a doctor led to her minor keyhole surgery being changed to a full hip replacement.
'It has been the worst six months of my