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Strictly Come Dancing: Motsi Mabuse warns don’t write-off AJ Odudu amid foot injury ahead of final

Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse believes AJ Odudu still has a chance in the competition despite her foot injury. 

TV presenter AJ suffered a ‘traumatic injury’ to the ligament in her foot on Monday leaving her on crutches.

She is determined to make it to the Strictly final on Saturday with professional dance partner Kai Widdrington, where she’ll perform three dances.

Fans may be concerned about AJ’s place in the final but judge Motsi is confident.

Speaking to Strictly: It Takes Two host Janette Manrara, Motsi said on Thursday’s show: ‘First of all she’s done a great, great job. Honestly watching AJ every week perform I think is going to move so many people.

‘Strictly’s worldwide so, so many little girls are going to see her and we didn’t have that, I didn’t have that as a little girl so watching her do that, I absolutely loved her and she’s shining. I think she’s got that strength.’

She then warned: ‘Don’t just put her to the side, she has that strength, she has shown it, she’s been in the dance-off, she came back stronger, so all I can say is just put your heart on the dancefloor, take care of yourself but just go out there and have a really great time.’

AJ, 36, appeared on It Takes Two the previous night and broke down in tears as she detailed her painful injury.

The contestant explained: ‘I’m upset because we were so excited on Monday,’ she said. ‘We’ve got three amazing dances that we really want to perform.

She injured a ligament in her foot but doesn’t know how it happened (Picture: @ajodudu, Instagram)

‘And I know I’m getting upset but I am genuinely remaining hopeful. I’m surrounded by a really great medical team who are trying their best to get me back on my feet.

‘And of course, I’ve got Kai who is really holding me together, physically and emotionally right now.’

AJ added that she was unaware of how she injured herself in training, telling the show: ‘We felt really positive after training on Monday, I felt fine, but the pain came on so suddenly and acutely that I actually projectile vomited.

‘I’m unable to stand on my right foot and I can’t stand up without crutches and I’m very upset.’

She’ll be going up against John Whaite and Rose Ayling-Ellis for the glitterball trophy at the weekend, but there’s a chance that she could be forced to withdraw.

If this is the case, Metro.co.uk understands that Rhys Stephenson, who left the competition last week, will not be brought in to replace her.

The Strictly Come Dancing final airs Saturday at 7pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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