Pile picture: Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP Photo.

Jeremy Clarkson says he will be "out of action for quite some time" as he battles pneumonia in a Spanish hospital after being taken ill on a family holiday.

The 57-year-old was admitted on Friday after being struck down by the dangerous lung infection and is still recovering.

The Grand Tour presenter, who is on Majorca with his children and girlfriend, posted a picture on Instagram of tubes in his arm and hospital identity tags around his wrist, writing: "Not the sort of bangles I usually choose on holiday."

On Twitter he said he was "in a wheelchair, connected up to tubes, in a hospital".

Clarkson was on a break after shooting the Amazon Prime show with co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May when he fell ill. Two months ago Hammond, 47, had to be airlifted to hospital after his car crashed and burst into flames while filming.

Hammond escaped with no serious injuries, but last night Clarkson posted on Instagram a picture showing May with his hair standing on end and commented: "The only functioning member of the Grand Tour team right now. God help us."

The only functioning member of the Grand Tour team right now. God help us.

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Clarkson had planned to return to work after his holiday but told his followers on social media he would now be off for some time.

"It’s really really annoying because I’ve never had one day off work since I started in 1978," he said.

Co-presenter Hammond tweeted a link to the message and joked: “Wow. I didn’t know he had a job.” 

Clarkson reportedly earns £10 million (R174m) a year for making 12 episodes of The Grand Tour and is in a relationship with Irish actress Lisa Hogan.

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