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Simon Cowell's recovery is taking "longer than hoped," a friend has said 10 weeks after his electric bike accident.
The 61 year old fell off his new bike in August, breaking his back in three different places and leaving him "millimetres away" from paralysis.
Britain's Got Talent judge Simon was left forced to pull out of the recent series' live shows, being replaced by Diversity dancer Ashley Banjo.
Pals of the star have now spoken out on his injury, revealing that whilst he is building up his strength, full recovery is still a long way off.
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One of his friends said: "It will be a long road before he is back on form again. It is all going to take a lot longer than expected as the breaks weren't straightforward.
"He needs lots of physio and lots of time. He is doing very little work, so really following doctor's orders," they continued to tell Daily Mail.
A second friend told the publication: "He is building up his strength but the recovery is taking longer than we hoped.
"It was a very serious injury and they didn't fully appreciate that at first.
"There was initial euphoria that he was all right, when he felt that he had come through it by a miracle. Then came the pain.
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"He had about six weeks of agony. By early September, it was obvious that he wasn't going to be ready to physically travel at all for work. He was on high-strength painkillers but he isn't any more. He also doesn't have a live-in nurse any more.
"Progress has been made since and he had a three-hour meeting via his iPad this week.
"He could not have managed that six weeks ago. He is building up his strength."
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Simon's co-star Amanda Holden recently opened up on the music mogul's recovery, hailing him as a "fighter."
Speaking on Tuesday's Good Morning Britain, she told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid: "The best way to say it is, Lauren's always saying it to me, it's his will to get better is extraordinary," Amanda said.
"I think he's very determined. He's a fighter, we know that Piers, and there's no way that he'll want to be seen to be failing or not be getting better as fast as he can," she continued.
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