Chester Bennington hopes to return by the end of the month following his recent hospitalisation...

LINKIN PARK‘s CHESTER BENNINGTON plans to return to playing live with the band at the end of the month following his recent hospitalisation due to a mystery virus.

As reported on NME.COM, Bennington had apparently just got out of bed late last month (May 30) when he was struck with severe back pain and spasms. He was taken to hospital in Los Angeles.

Doctors have undertaken a series of tests and believe a parasite or an intestinal disorder was the cause for his collapse.

Twelve European dates have been cancelled, starting with a June 7 performance in Germany, but Bennington has posted a message on the band’s official website, Metallica, Limp Bizkit and Mudvayne, which kicks off on July 4.

The statement reads as follows:

“First of all I’d like to thank everyone from fans & bands to my friends, and the hospital staff who have been very supportive and understanding of my situation. I finally got out of the hospital over the weekend after 9 days, and the doctor instructed me to rest for the next 2 – 3 weeks. Right now it seems like it was some bacteria or virus that spread throughout my intestines and body, putting me in intense pain. It also would not let me eat for a week. My doctors and nurses were amazing, and very helpful during my stay.

“We are working on when we will be making up the missed European headline dates, and I am really bummed we had to miss the festivals. I plan on playing our warm up show in Las Vegas on June 27th, and ripping everyone’s face off this summer on SUMMER SANITARIUM. I also wanted to say I truly appreciate the tens of thousands of get-well emails I got from fans. Our fans really are the best in the world.”

The band are also due to make headline performances at the Carling Weekend: Reading And Leeds from August 22-24.