Band plans on hold while Richard McNamara has test for a suspected blood clot on his lung...

EMBRACE‘s short term future has been thrown into doubt after guitarist Richard McNamara was rushed to hospital on Saturday with a suspected blood clot on the lung.

The band were scheduled to play new single ‘You’re Not Alone’ on the Saturday morning music show cd:uk this weekend (March 18). But McNamara was too ill to perform and as a result the band were forced to play without him. He has been undergoing tests since to establish exactly what is wrong.

The rest of the band have now gone out to France for promotional duties without him, while Richard remains in hospital in the North of England.

If McNamara‘s illness does prove to be a long term problem, it couldn’t come at a worse time for the band. Embrace are scheduled to play a fanclub show at London’s Hanover Grand which was to be webcasted by nme.com and VirtueTV next Monday (March 27), and release their long awaited second album ‘Drawn From Memory’ the same day. The band also have a show scheduled at Blackpool Tower Ballroom on May 4 and appearances at the Reading/Leeds Carling Weekend Festival and T In The Park scheduled for the summer.

The band’s spokesperson said that the situation with the band was still uncertain, and that tests were still being carried out on Richard to decipher exactly what was wrong. A statement will be released later this week.