Rachel Stevens has assured fans her injury is ‘healing well’ after she was forced to withdraw from week two of the competition, due to a previous wrist fracture.
Former S Club 7 star Rachel has been hotly tipped as one of the favourites to make it all the way to the final this year.
But after sustaining an injury back in December, she confirmed she wouldn’t be able to get onto the ice for her first performance this Sunday.
A statement released on the show’s official Twitter read: ‘Due to an injury sustained in training and on the expert advice from the Dancing on Ice medical professionals, Rachel Stevens will not skate in this Sunday’s show.
We look forward to her returning to the show next weekend @MsRachelStevens #DancingOnIce.’
Luckily, Rachel herself has promised her injury is healing well and is expecting to be able to put her skates on next weekend.
Chatting to press, Rachel explained how ended up fracturing her wrist last month.
She said: ’I actually wasn’t with Brendyn [Hatfield, her partner] at the time, I was with my coach, this was a couple of weeks before Christmas.
‘I mean, I fell quite a few times, obviously, as you do, trying to push yourself and trying to push myself out of my comfort zone and yeah, I just fell, and it hurt.
‘I had to know what I’d done, but after that, I had incredible support, I went and I got an X-Ray done and I’ve had amazing, like medical advice from the team.’
She went on to give an update on her condition, adding: ‘It’s healing really, really well, I’m just so grateful to still be able to be in [the competition], and be a part of it.
‘We’re working super, super hard off the ice, so that – fingers crossed – I can get back on really, really soon, I cannot wait to get back on.’
Rachel expressed her annoyance at not being able to progress as much as she’d like, concluding: ‘It’s been so frustrating, but we’ve been doing everything we can to be fit for when I can get back on.’
We hope so too, Rachel!
She later gushed over the help offered to her by partner Brendyn, declaring he’s ‘been so amazing’ in helping her since her fall.
She shared: ‘The team around me have been so supportive, and I’ve had amazing advice, medical advice, and support.
‘We’ve done everything we can off the ice, just to do everything we can like working on core strength, and stamina and balance and all of those things, just making the best of what we’ve got and worked so hard that – fingers crossed – when I get back on I can just give it my everything and go for it.’
Dancing On Ice airs on Sunday at 6.30pm on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.