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Injury puts Denise Van Outen out of Strictly rehearsals

Denise Van Outen had to put her rehearsals on hold. File picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire Denise Van Outen had to put her rehearsals on hold. File picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Friday, October 12, 2012
9:59 AM

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Denise Van Outen has been forced to put rehearsals on hold after sustaining whiplash during training.

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The actress and presenter, 38, headed off to physio yesterday as she struggled with the injury.

She is the latest star of the show to run into difficulties.

Last week her dance partner James Jordan broke his nose in training after an accident while he danced with wife Ola.

And Aliona Vilani is nursing a damaged ankle which is expected to keep her out of the show for up to another fortnight.

Van Outen took to Twitter to tell fans about her woes, writing: “In the back of a cab with a stiff one - neck that is. On my way to physio.”

She is understood to have woken up in pain and her neck stiffened as she attempted to train, to the point where she was barely able to turn her head.

The contestant later revealed she had an injury more associated with car accidents, which she blamed on her dance partner.

“I’ve got mild whiplash. Thanks, James Jordan,” she wrote online.

Her performance on last Friday night’s edition of the show saw her awarded 25 points by judges. The waltz was enough to put her and Jordan in fifth position on the leaderboard.

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