Country star Keith Urban was forced to cancel his Thursday night show (06OCT05) in Indiana after doctors detected a haemorrhage in one of his vocal cords.

The Aussie singer, who has been romantically linked to Nicole Kidman, has been prescribed vocal rest.

DR STEPHEN MITCHELL, who is treating Urban at an Evansville, Indiana hospital, says, "He has a bruise on his right vocal fold. I've prescribed voice rest, which means no talking and no singing."

In a statement posted on his website, Urban tells fans, "I feel fine. That is what is so frustrating about this situation."

It is not known whether Urban will be well enough to start his European tour next week (beg10OCT05), as planned.