Dancing on Ice star Denise van Outen has confirmed that she has had to withdraw from the competition after suffering from a shoulder injury.
Earlier this month, she partially dislocated her shoulder after falling during a training and was taken to hospital to be treated.
But she managed to carry on and take part in her debut performance two weeks ago with her arm strapped up, and got through to the third week.
Denise has now confirmed that she has been forced to drop out of the competition after having her arm scanned, and she'd been powering through training with multiple bone fractures as well as the dislocation.
Due to her extensive injury, it was determined that she cannot continue to skate whilst she recuperates.
Opening up about the difficult decision, the star shared a picture of her and partner Matt Evers, posting on Instagram: "GUTTED! If you’ve been watching @dancingonice you will be aware that just over a week ago I had a nasty fall and injured my shoulder.
"I managed to skate my first dance with @themattevers on the live show through a gritted smile because the pain was unbearable. I’ve tried as hard as I can to carry on because I love the show and the amazing team in front and behind the cameras."
She added: "Initially we thought with rest I could make a return to the ice, but a recent MRI scan has shown that I have 3 bone fractures as well as a partial dislocation. OUCH! No wonder I’ve been in agony.
"I won’t be able to do any lifts,tricks or solo skating on the show due to my injury.
"I’m going to bail out gracefully with my DOI bling sling. @themattevers has been the most incredible support and skate partner (a true friend) and I’m so grateful for his expertise in teaching me (ice virgin) the basics.
"I just wish I was well enough to learn all the fabulous tricks my injury won’t allow me to do. Chair dancing on Ice with a massive pie won’t get us points on the leaderboard . I’m actually proud of what I’ve achieved (not much, lowest scores so far).
"If you don’t mind I’m going to give myself a couple of points for bravery for doing cartwheels on Ice at 46 with broken bones.
I wish all the celebs, pros and judges the best of luck for the rest of the series. I’m rooting for you all. Bunch of legends."
Her skate partner Matt Evers has said: "Denise has worked so incredibly hard these past few months and I'm devastated that she’s unable to show everyone what a beautiful skater she’s become.
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"It’s sad that the competition must end now for both Denise and I but it’s most important that she takes the time to heal and recover. I loved our time on the ice together and I love the wonderful friendship that we will always have.
"I’m gutted to have Denise leave the show and equally gutted that last Sunday’s hug will be my last for a while.
A spokesperson for Dancing on ice has added: "We adore Denise and Matt and we’re so very sad to see them leave the competition so soon.
"They are both much loved members of the Dancing On Ice family and we’d like to thank them for their hard work, from the moment they began training through to the joyful performances they brought to the show.
"We wish Denise all the very best as she now takes some time to make a full recovery."
Denise is set to be replaced by professional gymnast Amy Tinkler and her pro-skater partner Joe Johnson.
Dancing on Ice continues on Sunday at 6pm on ITV.
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