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Strictly Come Dancing 2021: AJ Odudu hoping to ‘return to training this afternoon’ after crushing injury put final in doubt

After suffering a severe foot injury that cast doubt on her appearing in the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 final, there are hopes that AJ Odudu will return to training this afternoon.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that the TV presenter had suffered ligament damage, resulting in her having to walk with crutches as she couldn’t put any weight on her foot.

AJ, who is partnered with Kai Widdrington in the series, cried as she opened up about the pain she’s been in, revealing that she ‘projectile vomited’ when the incident took place.

On Thursday’s This Morning, Strictly presenter Tess Daly made an appearance in the ITV studio, where she updated co-hosts Vernon Kay and Rochelle Humes on how the contestant is doing.

While there have been fears that she might have to pull out of the competition, Tess explained that she is optimistic about AJ’s chances after she underwent treatment last night.

‘We are hoping and praying she’s going to be recovered in order to dance on Saturday night. We are all behind her,’ she said.

AJ has opened up about how ‘frustrating’ the injury is (Picture: BBC)
Tess said they’re ‘all behind’ AJ as they pray she’ll be ok for the final (Picture: ITV)

‘I know she had treatment last night. We are hoping that she’ll go back into training this afternoon.’

While speaking at a press conference ahead of the final, AJ shed light on how much the injury has affected her.

AJ and Kai stunned with their Quickstep on Saturday night, scoring all 10s (Picture: Guy Levy/BBC)

‘So basically, long story short, I’ve hurt the ligament in my arch, and I can’t put any weight on my foot at all,’ she said.

‘So, we have missed a lot of training, because I can’t stand up. I’m on crutches and I’m doing everything I can to try and be there on Saturday night.’

AJ emphasised that the situation is ‘really frustrating’, describing the two routines that she and Kai are performing for a second time alongside their showdance as ‘energy-inducing dances’.

‘On Monday we were optimistic because we were like do you know what the steps are still there. Just got to build up the stamina to give it socks on Saturday night,’ she added.

Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood said he’s ‘praying’ AJ can compete, saying: ‘She thinks she’ll be able to get through it and like any sportsperson, you soldier on.

‘Let’s just wait and see,’ he added. ‘I’m hoping and praying because she is so good and I will really miss her if she’s not there.’

The Strictly Come Dancing final airs this Saturday at 7pm on BBC One and This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.


Credit: Original article published here.

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