Strictly's AJ Odudu hobbles on crutches to head to rehearsals 1

Strictly’s AJ Odudu hobbles on crutches to head to rehearsals

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Strictly star AJ Odudu was spotted on Friday leaving her London hotel to head to her final rehearsals on crutches, just one day before the Strictly Come Dancing final.

The TV presenter, 33, who’s partnered with rumoured boyfriend Kai Widdrington, 26, suffered ligament damage to her foot earlier this week, leaving her unable to stand.

The star is unable to put any weight on her foot, however she is still hoping to compete in the final. 

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Ouch: Strictly star AJ Odudu was spotted on Friday leaving her London hotel to head to her final rehearsals on crutches, just one day before the Strictly Come Dancing final

Ouch: Strictly star AJ Odudu was spotted on Friday leaving her London hotel to head to her final rehearsals on crutches, just one day before the Strictly Come Dancing final

AJ who is said to have had treatment on Wednesday for the injury looked fragile as she hobbled on her crutches. 

The beauty still managed to look stylish despite her injury, dressing in a black and orange striped jumper which she teamed with dark jeans.  

She completed her laid back look with a camouflage bag and wore a face covering over her nose and mouth.  

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Tough: The TV presenter, 33, who's partnered with rumoured boyfriend Kai Widdrington, 26, suffered ligament damage to her foot earlier this week, leaving her unable to stand

Tough: The TV presenter, 33, who’s partnered with rumoured boyfriend Kai Widdrington, 26, suffered ligament damage to her foot earlier this week, leaving her unable to stand

Speaking on Wednesday, AJ sobbed as she looked back at her Strictly experience so far, without being able to confirm if she will perform in Saturday night’s grand final alongside celebrity contestants Rose Ayling-Ellis, 27, and John Whaite, 32. 

She later detailed the injury in a social media post on Wednesday evening, shortly before appearing on Strictly sister-show It Takes Two.  

AJ said: ‘Basically, long story short, I have hurt the ligament in my arch, and I can’t put any weight on my foot at all.

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

Stepping out: The star is unable to put any weight on her foot, however she is still hoping to compete in the final

Stepping out: The star is unable to put any weight on her foot, however she is still hoping to compete in the final

‘It’s just really frustrating actually because the two dances that we are repeating from the series we haven’t performed them in weeks and weeks and without giving too much away they are energy inducing dances.

‘On Monday, we were optimistic because we were like do you know what the steps are still there we just need to build up the stamina and as Kai mentioned our show dance is a beautiful and epic routine that we have stepped through but again it is one of those things that you need the practice in order to give it everything.

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‘I am at this moment in time very frustrated and upset.’ 

Difficult: AJ who is said to have had treatment on Wednesday for the injury looked fragile as she hobbled on her crutches

Difficult: AJ who is said to have had treatment on Wednesday for the injury looked fragile as she hobbled on her crutches

Posting an image of her injured foot as she prepared for an appearance on Strictly spin-off show It Takes Two, AJ revealed she has been unable to rehearse ahead of the final. 

She wrote: ‘I’ve got a repeated traumatic impact injury to my right ankle affecting the joint, capsule and ligaments themselves. I can’t pinpoint a moment it actually happened during training but the pain came on suddenly on Monday night. 

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‘The pain was so acute that I projectile vomited and currently I can’t put any weight on my right foot without agonising discomfort.  

‘Because I’m unable to move without crutches, we haven’t been nor will be able to rehearse properly ahead of the live final. To say I’m devastated would be a huge understatement and I am gutted. 

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Devastated: She detailed the injury in a social media post on Wednesday evening as she sat on a sofa

 Devastated: She detailed the injury in a social media post on Wednesday evening as she sat on a sofa

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‘THAT BEING SAID, whilst it’s not the week I had planned I’m trying to remain hopeful and positive. I’m surrounded by a fantastic medical team who are trying their best to get me back on my feet PLUS, I have the most incredible partner who is carrying me emotionally and physically (literally). 

‘Thanks for all your messages. I sincerely hope it will be all right on the night.’  

The Strictly finalists will perform three dance routines on Saturday night’s live show, a judge’s pick, the couple’s favourite number and their show dance. 

Professional dancer Kai confirmed on Wednesday that the pair have only rehearsed their show dance once – and now they’re unable to practice until AJ’s foot is better.

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He added: ‘We rehearsed our show dance on Monday. We did our show dance, we got through it, obviously we still need to patch it up and connect everything there are a lot of lifts in there but the other dances we are going to do – we put the music on, and AJ knows them.’  

AJ has admitted throughout the Strictly series that she’s a huge fan of the show and it was a dream come true to compete, especially with Kai as her dance partner.  

Gutted: Speaking on Wednesday, AJ sobbed as she looked back at her Strictly experience so far, without being able to confirm if she will perform in Saturday night's grand final

Gutted: Speaking on Wednesday, AJ sobbed as she looked back at her Strictly experience so far, without being able to confirm if she will perform in Saturday night’s grand final

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