The former Genesis star had been due to make an appearance at a charity dinner in New York City on Tuesday night (06Oct15), but he was unable to attend the event after undergoing an operation last week (ends04Oct15).

Phil explained his absence from the Sports Legends Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in a video message which he recorded at a hospital in Florida, according to the New York Daily News.

"Yes, I'm supposed to be with you tonight, but (my doctor) Dr. Green had other ideas," he told the audience. "I've had back surgery the last week and I'm literally just recovering. I'm stuck here in a Miami hospital."

No further details about Phil's condition were available as WENN went to press.

The musician had been due to pick up an award for his charity work at the bash, which raised funds for the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis.

Other guests at the event included veteran singer Gloria Estefan.