Cherie: Injured Tony Upset at Tennis Ban

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Byline: JOE MURPHY

TONY BLAIR is "very upset" that his back injury has stopped him playing tennis, his wife Cherie has revealed.

The Prime Minister is working today at his country retreat Chequers after hospital treatment for a prolapsed disc.

The disclosure that Mr Blair, 52, has been in pain for weeks has revived speculation that ill health could see him quit Downing Street earlier than planned.

He has had two heart scares in the past two years and announced that he would quit before the next general election - expected in 2009 - after being treated for an irregular heartbeat.

His latest condition was revealed by No 10 after he was admitted to the Royal Free Hospital in north London for an injection of anti-inflammatory drugs.

Mrs Blair, speaking after a legal awards dinner late last night, said her husband would not be picking up a tennis racquet for six weeks.

"He's fine and it's business as usual," she said. …