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My family’s virus ordeal, by Towie football hero Mark Wright

Here we pro: Mark on Good Morning Britain after making football history PICTURE: ITV/REX

REALITY TV star Mark Wright was coping with his family’s coronavirus crisis as he made his dream debut as a professional footballer, he revealed.

Mark, 33 — who played in Crawley Town’s giant-killing 3-0 FA Cup win over Leeds United on Sunday — said his dad and two uncles have been in hospital, with one uncle in critical condition and the other on oxygen.

The ex-Towie regular said his dad was out of hospital but has long Covid adding: ‘I hope he doesn’t mind me saying this, but mentally something is not right there at the moment. He’s OK but he’s not my dad that he was four weeks ago. I’m hoping there’s more improvement to come.’

Mark — married to actress Michelle Keegan, 33 — said he had friends who were ‘conspiracy theorists’ and who ‘think it’s all rubbish’.

But he insisted: ‘The Government, whether they are right or wrong, they know more than you. So, if they are telling you to do this, do it.

‘Because until you get to a point where I am now — where I’ve had the hardest few weeks of my life and looking at basically potentially losing family members who are close to you or them being very sick — you will regret doing what you are doing.’

He told Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid: ‘When you see it first-hand, it’s the scariest virus you will ever see. The things it does to the body. What it’s done to my dad.’

Mark — who captained Tottenham Hotspur youth team as a teen before being released — came on as a sub in the final seconds of League Two Crawley’s win. His late bid to turn pro is being filmed for BBC documentary Mark Wright: The Last Chance.