February 21, 2009 15:48

Take That mainman injures back

Gary Barlow training spasm ahead of mountain peak attempt

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Take That's Gary Barlow has injured his back during preparations to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, for charity.

The star, who this week joined Coldplay onstage in London, issued a statement through his website saying that due to a "hectic training schedule... the muscles in Gary Barlow's back have gone into spasm".

It added that the singer has been "treated appropriately" and should be able to complete the charity climb.

Barlow will attempt to join a number of stars including Girls Aloud pair Cheryl Cole and Kimberley Walsh and BBC Radio 1's tubby breakfast show host Chris Moyles in scaling the peak.

They are hoping to raise cash for Comic Relief. Their goal is to raise £1 million, some of which will be used to combat malaria in Tanzania, where Mount Kilimanjaro is situated.

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