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Strictly’s AJ says she ‘projectile vomited’ with pain over injury and can’t stand without crutches

Strictly Come Dancing's AJ Odudu broke down in tears on Wednesday's episode of It Takes Two as she spoke about her right ankle injury ahead of the final.

The presenter, 33, told host Janette Manrara that she had "projectile vomited" with pain and that she can't stand without crutches.

The interview comes as AJ was seen arriving at London 's Riverside Studios on crutches while being supported by pro partner Kai Widdrington.

AJ revealed that she has a "repeated traumatic impact injury" to her right ankle, which has impacted the "joint, capsule and ligaments themselves".

The star said: "I'm upset because I've suffered an injury, I don't know when it happened. But essentially, I've got issues with my joint, I've suffered some traumatic injury to my ligaments, there's a lot of inflammation.

"I can't pinpoint when it happened during training, in fact, 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."

AJ started to break down in tears as she added: "I'm unable to stand on my right foot and I can't stand up without crutches… and I'm really upset, I'm sorry. I'm upset as we were so excited on Monday, we've got three amazing dances that we really want to perform.

"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."


Taking to Instagram, AJ also posted a statement about her injury, writing: "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. 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.

"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 @kaiwidd who is carrying me emotionally and physically (literally).

"Thanks for all your messages. I sincerely hope it will be all right on the night," followed by heart emojis.

The Strictly Come Dancing Final 2021 will air on Saturday 18 December at 7pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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