Strictly Come Dancing star Ugo Monye has pulled out of this weekend’s live show following issues stemming from an ongoing injury.
The rugby star, who is partnered up with professional dancer Oti Mabuse, announced the news in a statement on Thursday, explaining they will both have to miss Saturday’s episode.
He wrote: ‘Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to dance this weekend on the show.
‘I have a history of back problems which has always been managed under the guidance of medical professionals. Unfortunately this has been causing me some unwanted problems this week!’
He continued: ‘I have been advised by medical professionals and with huge support from Strictly to get some treatment & rest to ensure that I can get myself back to full capacity & fighting fit for next week.
‘Gutted Oti & I won’t be dancing this weekend but wishing all the other contestants the best of luck & will be cheering them on from home!’
The Peep Show actor, 49, revealed that he was advised to withdraw on doctor’s orders after experiencing ‘symptoms’ which required an ‘urgent consultation’ with a doctor.
Robert had undergone emergency surgery on his heart for a mitral valve prolapse which was discovered during a routine medical check.
Despite Ugo and Robert both missing from the next episode, Metro.co.uk understands that the show will go on as planned including the elimination.
Strictly Come Dancing returns Saturday at 7pm on BBC One.
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