Alan Sugar has said his The Apprentice co-star Claude Littner is "doing very, very well" following a "horrific" accident.
It was revealed earlier this month that the businessman would miss the forthcoming series of the BBC programme after badly injuring his leg while riding an electric bike.
Sugar told ITV's Lorraine he has "lost count" of the number of operations Littner has had, adding that he has "gone through a terrible experience".
"The irony of it is that he was simply going out for a ride on his bike, not racing, not going fast or anything like that.
Massive thanks to my plastic surgeon Matt Ives & orthopaedic surgeon Ian Sinha for care & brilliant surgery, also the wonderful nurses at St Mary's Hospital trauma unit.— Claude Littner (@claudelittner) July 8, 2021
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"Just doing eight or nine miles an hour and came off."
Sugar added that it was a "horrific accident and he was so upset that he couldn't join this series".
He said Littner is recovering and later this week will have a six-hour operation which will "hopefully" be his last.
Sugar said the pair talk "every couple of days".
Littner, 72, who is known for giving tough interviews to contestants during The Apprentice, had the accident in April.
Former The Apprentice winner and entrepreneur Tim Campbell will join Sugar and Karren Brady in the boardroom in his place when the BBC series returns in early 2022.
Littner has appeared on the programme since 2015 and has previously said he will return as soon as he is able to do so.
Source: Press Association