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Strictly Come Dancing 2020: JJ Chalmers to undergo surgery to remove shrapnel from leg

Strictly Come Dancing star JJ Chalmers is set to undergo surgery to remove shrapnel that’s infected a scar on his leg.

The former Royal Marine’s injuries have become irritated and painful over the course of the show, due to the intense training sessions.

As a result, he has decided to have an operation to remove any remaining shrapnel after being left in severe pain.

JJ explained to The Sun: ‘It can be the physical exertion or it could be the exhaustion.

‘Unfortunately, what it does is it looks for the quickest way up to the surface of your skin, which is where the scar is.

‘So it’s about a six-inch scar that’s pretty inflamed. It’s a very tender, stinging pain.’

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The Royal Marine has been dancing through the pain of his injury, despite the flare up (Picture: BBC)

However, he remains adamant that he will keep going in the competition, performing with his professional partner Amy Dowden for as long as he can.

On Saturday night, to celebrate musicals week, JJ and Amy will perform the high energy Charleston to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

It will be the first time in weeks there will be a studio audience, with the lockdown lift allowing fans of the show back into the ballroom.

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JJ’s leg became infected after remaining shrapnel in his leg became irritated (Picture: BBC)

The 33-year-old Invictus Games star was badly injured in an IED bomb blast back in May 2011, losing two of his fingers and leaving his body covered in scars.

He revealed last week that one of the scars in his leg had become infected due to the irritation of dancing, and explained on The One Show: ‘I’ve got bits of [shrapnel] from Afghanistan all over my body.

‘Sometimes they just sit there dormant and happy but particularly when you go through periods of exhaustion, which everybody in the process is finding at this point, your immune system dips a bit and that’s when it decides it’s not happy to be there.’

He added: ‘As alarming as it sounds, it’s not unusual – this is just what you have to live with. It’s the side-effect of being alive.’

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 7.25pm on BBC One.


Credit: Original article published here.

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