Roxy Shahidi of Dancing On Ice has said that an excruciating injury while training left her unable to breathe.
The Emmerdale actress, 40, will compete in the ITV competition alongside Ryan Thomas and Adele Roberts, as Holly Willoughby and Stephen Mulhern return to host.
They’ll be demonstrating their skating abilities in front of judges Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, Ashley Banjo, and Oti Mabuse, but two candidates have already had to withdraw from the competition due to injury.
Stephen Lustig-Webb, star of Gogglebox, had to withdraw due to a broken left ankle. Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards took his place.
Tippy Pickard was also forced to withdraw following a training incident, and Roxy has now revealed an injury she sustained.
She said: ‘I dislocated my rib and I felt very sorry for myself. I didn’t even know that was a thing.
‘It was hard to breathe. If I coughed or sneezed it was agony. Absolute spasms.’
Thankfully, Roxy recovered over three weeks, and she now has ‘a lump where it’s kind of come out, which is scar tissue’.
She went on to explain that it can be a ‘quite common injury’ with lifts, but it didn’t occur during one for her.
Talking about the horrific after-effects, she continued to The Sun: ‘I sneezed and like, all of my body went into spasm, I’ve never felt pain like it.
‘And I literally, like, I couldn’t breathe for if it felt like 10 minutes, I could barely open the car door, it took me about 10 minutes to get out of the car.’
Roxy is still concerned that it may happen again as the lifts and stunts become increasingly difficult during the season.
This comes after Ryan was seen treating his shoulder with ice after being ‘wounded’ in training.
On Thursday, his professional partner Amani Fancy posted a video of the former soap star wearing an ice pack on his shoulder.
She captioned the video: ‘The wounded @ryanthomas84.’
Thankfully for Ryan’s fans, Amani reassured everyone he will be in tip top shape for the first live show.
She added: ‘Don’t worry everyone, they’re just sore.’
Dancing On Ice returns Sunday, January 14 at 6.30pm on ITV1.