Strictly: AJ Odudu breaks down over her injury before the final
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AJ Odudu, 33, has withdrawn from tomorrow’s Strictly Come Dancing final after consulting with medical experts who sadly came to the decision she will not be able to perform. AJ injured herself in rehearsals on Monday, with the presenter now unable to walk without crutches.
I’ll treasure forever.
AJ and Kai Widdrington were supposed to be performing in tomorrow’s final, with much speculation made due to the star’s serious injury, leaving her unable to walk.
Since the announcement that she would not be performing a statement has been released by AJ and Kai, with both also taking to their Instagram.
In view of her 199,000 followers AJ posted a series of pictures of AJ from the beginning of the show to being at a hospital, to Kai carrying the star on her back.
She captioned the post: “I’ve had ultrasounds, MRI scans and x-rays. I’ve had two incisions to drain the inflammation around my ankle.
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“I’ve injected local anaesthetic directly into my foot, I have been strapped up to an ice compression machine for days.”
She continued: “I’ve done all I can possibly do to get back on my feet for the @bbcstrictly Final, I even asked the docs if I could perform in a medical moon boot!
“But the fact is, I can’t stand on my feet let alone dance because I’ve torn my spring ligament.
“Learning to dance over the last 13 weeks has been an incredible honour and to do it alongside someone as special, patient and devoted as Kai is something I’ll treasure forever.”
“You’re the best @kaiwidd and I know you were ready to be my human crutch on that dance floor come tomorrow night. Gutted!”
AJ went on to thank her “Strictly family” for the experience as well as “everyone at home watching”.
“Strictly Come Dancing has been a lifelong dream of mine and I’m glad it came true” AJ continued.
She added that she will support the finalists Rose Ayling-Ellis and John Whaite “on one leg”.
AJ’s fate on Strictly has been the talk of the week after her serious injury on Monday left her unable to walk.
She and AJ made an appearance on It Takes Two on Wednesday to discuss her injury and if they would be taking part in the grand finale of the show.
During the chat, Janette Manrara said: “What I am curious about is that you’ve got a little bit of a situation happening here now with an injury. What is going on and what is happening?”
A disheartened AJ replied: “I’m upset because I have suffered an injury, I don’t know when it happened but essentially I’ve got issues with my joint and I’ve suffered some traumatic injury to my ligaments.
“There’s a lot of inflammation and yes, I can’t pinpoint when it happened during training.
“In fact, we felt really positive after training on Monday, and I felt fine but the pain came on so suddenly and acutely that I actually projectile vomited.”
The presenter then started to break down in tears, explaining: “I’m unable to stand on my right foot and I can’t stand up without crutches.
“I’m really upset – I’m upset because we were so excited on Monday and we’ve got three amazing dances that I really want to perform.
“I know I’m getting upset but I am genuinely remaining hopeful and I am 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 because I am so emotional right now.”
You can watch the Strictly Come Dancing final with John Whaite and Rose Ayling-Ellis Saturday at 7pm on BBC One.
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