Denise Van Outen has been forced to quit the series (Picture: ITV)
Denise Van Outen has quit Dancing On Ice 2021 after sustaining an injury from a fall while training.
Last week, the 46-year-old actress was taken to hospital after dislocating her shoulder and after having a scan this morning, doctors have advised she cannot continue to skate while she recuperates.
Announcing her departure on Instagram, Denise wrote: ‘GUTTED! If you’ve been watching @dancingonice you will be aware that just over a week ago I had a nasty fall and injured my shoulder.
‘I managed to skate my first dance with @themattevers on the live show through a gritted smile because the pain was unbearable. I’ve tried as hard as I can to carry on because I love the show and the amazing team in front and behind the cameras.
‘Initially, we thought with rest I could make a return to the ice, but a recent MRI scan has shown that I have 3 bone fractures as well as a partial dislocation. OUCH! No wonder I’ve been in agony.’
She continued: ‘I won’t be able to do any lifts,tricks or solo skating on the show due to my injury. I’m going to bail out gracefully with my DOI bling sling. @themattevers has been the most incredible support and skate partner (a true friend) and I’m so grateful for his expertise in teaching me (ice virgin?⛸) the basics.
‘I just wish I was well enough to learn all the fabulous tricks my injury won’t allow me to do. Chair dancing on Ice with a massive pie won’t get us points on the leaderboard ?.’
Denise and her partner Matt were able to take the ice on Sunday despite her injury (Picture: Rex)
Denise concluded: ‘I’m actually proud of what I’ve achieved ( not much, lowest scores so far ?) . If you don’t mind I’m going to give myself a couple of points for bravery for doing cartwheels on Ice at 46 with broken bones ???❄️.
‘I wish all the celebs, pros and judges the best of luck for the rest of the series. I’m rooting for you all. Bunch of legends.’
A spokesperson for Dancing On Ice added: ‘We adore Denise and Matt and we’re so very sad to see them leave the competition so soon.
‘They are both much loved members of the Dancing On Ice family and we’d like to thank them for their hard work, from the moment they began training through to the joyful performances they brought to the show.
‘We wish Denise all the very best as she now takes some time to make a full recovery.’
With the departure of Denise and her professional partner Matt Evers, a new couple will step into the main cast with Olympic gymnast Amy Tinkler and her pro-skater partner Joe Johnson joining the line up from this weekend.
Dancing On Ice continues on Sunday at 6pm on ITV.