Robert De Niro wears leg brace as he is spotted for first time since injury

Robert De Niro has been seen for the first time since suffering an injury while filming last month that left him in ‘excruciating pain’.

The legendary actor, 77, was wearing a brace and a cast on his right leg as he headed out in New York on Sunday after he described the injury to his leg as ‘manageable’.

He was accompanied by a woman who carried his cane and let the Taxi Driver star walk on ahead.

Robert appeared relaxed and made sure he stayed comfortable on the outing, wearing a loose blue shirt with blue shorts, grey slippers, a blue cap and glasses.

The star had flown back to New York after tearing his quad muscle in Oklahoma while on the set of Martin Scorsese’s western Killers of the Flower Moon.

Detailing the horrific injury to IndieWire, he explained: ‘I tore my quad somehow. It’s just a simple stepping over something and I just went down. The pain was excruciating and now I have to get it fixed.’

The Goodfellas star added: ‘But it happens, especially when you get older, you have to be prepared for unexpected things. But it’s manageable.’

His injury doesn’t appear to have impacted production on the project, an original film being made for Apple.

A representative for Robert told Fox News the actor ‘was always scheduled to leave for New York for two weeks so his leg injury [has] nothing to do with the production schedule.’

Killers of the Flower Moon is an Apple Original film based on the non-fiction book by David Grann about a series of mysterious murders in Oklahoma in the 1920s of the Osage tribe, which sparked a major FBI investigation involving J Edgar Hoover.

Robert will be playing rancher William Hale, leading a cast that also includes Leonardo DiCaprio as his nephew Ernest Burkhart, as well as Jesse Plemons and Lily Gladstone.

The film is the director’s first western and reportedly his most expensive project to date.

Robert and Martin have worked together several times over the years including on Taxi Driver, Casino and The Irishman.

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