He's in plaster up to his right knee - but the superstar still intends to show up for next week's discussion on child welfare...

MICHAEL JACKSON has broken his foot, but has assured fans he will honour a forthcoming appearance at the OXFORD UNIVERSITY UNION.

According to BBC news, Jackson is currently resting and has plaster up to his right knee after falling at his home in California.

However, the pop superstar is due to appear at the Oxford University Union on March 6 to speak to its members on child welfare, as part of his commitment to the ‘Heal The Kids’ foundation, a group who aim to improve relations between parents and children.

Speaking following the accident, Jackson said his appearance is “far too important to me to allow a broken foot to keep me from this commitment”.

He continued: “Heal the Kids is about making a difference and trying to help adults and parents realise that it is in our power to change the world that our children live in.”

In other news, as previously reported on NME.COM, Jackson’s long-awaited new album may not be released in June as was intended. The as-yet-untitled album is said to feature guitar legend Carlos Santana.