Ed Sheeran cancels shows after arm injury

Music 19/10/2017

Kiwi Ed Sheeran fans will have their fingers crossed the pop star can recover in time for his New Zealand shows after breaking both his arms in a tumble from a bicycle.

The singer was reportedly knocked over by a car and confirmed overnight he would have to cancel concerts in Asia after he was left with fractures in his right wrist and left elbow.

The cancelled gigs include shows in Taipei, Osaka, Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Sheeran is set to play six sold out gigs in Auckland and Dunedin next March and April with about 250,000 Kiwi fans expected to turn out to see him.

He told fans on Facebook, he would wait "to see how the healing progresses" before deciding whether future shows beyond the cancelled Asian dates can go ahead as planned.

Sheeran's tour will start in Australia exactly one year after the release of his third album, Divide, which went to number one in charts around the world.

Since then, Sheeran has been touring stadiums in Europe, and will perform across North America and Latin America before he hits Australia.