CHRIS Kamara has revealed he is going for a brain scan next week after his wife urged him to get checked for dementia.
Asked on Steph’s Packed Lunch today if he was worried, the 63-year-old star replied: “No – I’ve had a great life.”
Chris Kamara told viewers he was going to hospital for a scan next week
It comes after Gary Lineker called for football to ban heading in training because players are three and a half times more likely to suffer from a brain disorder.
Steph, 38, told him: “Kammy, we’ve talked about this on the show before. Your wife Anne has been worried about you.”
He replied: “I’m going for a scan next Monday in Pontefract – Ponte Carlo.
The much-loved TV star was speaking during a debate about brain disorders in football
Chris, seen here playing for Leeds in 1990s, had a long footballing careerCredit: Getty – Contributor
He went on to have a second career as one of the stars of Sky SportsCredit: Sportsfile – Subscription
“We’d talked about it on the programme so I went home and she went: ‘You’re blasé aren’t you? You think you’ve had a fabulous career and if it all ended tomorrow that would be fine.’
“I was like ‘yeah’ and she said: ‘What about the grandkids, what about me? Go and get it checked. There might be something you can do.'”
Chris added: “It’s a precaution. It’s not part of the ageing process. I – and I’m sure loads of other people – thought you start to lose your memory. You think: ‘Well I’m getting old’ but it’s not a case of that.”
Steph told him: “You just want to make sure everything’s all right.
He is also an ITV star, hosting Ninja Warrior UK with Ben Shephard and Rochelle HumesCredit: ITV
Chris was taking part in a discussion with Katie Price and former MP Michael Portillo
“It’s good that you’ve got Anne there supporting you through all that because she’s right isn’t she – you’ve got think about the family?”
Chris replied: “I’m sure people will say: ‘Well, other diseases are worse’ but you’re there but you’re not there if you get dementia, which is horrible.”
The host asked: “Are you worried about it?”
He told her: “No. As I say I’ve had a great life.”
Chris celebrated after getting his Covid vaccination in Leeds earlier this monthCredit: PA
Sounding shocked, Steph replied sternly: “Listen, you’re not going anywhere yet, Kammy.”
However, the star stopped short of calling for headers to be banned from football – insisting it would “ruin” the game.
Chris and wife Anne have been married for 38 years after tying the knot in 1982. They have two grown-up sons, Ben and Jack.
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