George Michael’s doctor ‘generally optimistic’ about singer’s recovery from pneumonia

However, physician is unsure whether Michael will spend Christmas at home

George Michael‘s doctor has said he is “generally optimistic” about the singer’s recovery from pneumonia, but cannot confirm he will be able to return home for Christmas.

Michael was admitted to Vienna’s AKH hospital last month after ill health forced him to cancel a gig in the Austrian capital.

According to the Daily Mirror, his physician Christoph Zielinski told local media that he is “doing well”, but suggested that it’s not guaranteed that Michael will return to Britain for the festive season, explaining:

[It’s] something that we are not in the position to decide. That is something that must be decided in consultation with the patient.

Earlier this week, Michael’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz claimed that the singer would be out of hospital by December 25 and suggested there was “nothing to worry about”.

The illness forced Michael to shelve all of his tour dates for 2011 and reschedule them for next year.

He was forced to cancel gigs at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena as part of his Symphonica jaunt, and also pulled a concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall.