The previous Royal Marines reservist and Invictus Video games gold medallist, 33, revealed that the injuries he suffered while serving in Helmand in Afghanistan have been inflicting him some bother on the dancing present.
In Could 2011, JJ was caught in an IED blast which brought on him to lose two fingers, in addition to suffering facial and leg injuries resulting from shrapnel and his proper elbow was badly broken.
He revealed on The One Present that the shrapnel which nonetheless stays in his physique can nonetheless trigger issues, particularly whereas competing on Strictly.
JJ defined: ‘A few weeks earlier than the competitors truly began I first acquired an an infection in my leg.
‘As you say, I’ve acquired bits of [shrapnel] from Afghanistan throughout my physique and typically they simply sit there dormant and pleased however significantly whenever you undergo durations of exhaustion, which all people within the course of is discovering at this level, your immune system dips a bit and that’s when it decides it’s not pleased to be there.
The exhaustion of competing in Strictly has brought on the shrapnel in JJ’s legs to begin flaring up (Image: BBC)
‘So it’s contaminated one of many scars in my leg however I put up with it at first of the competitors and it’s been… there’s Viennese Waltz this week which is plenty of shut physique contact.’
He added: ‘As alarming because it sounds, it’s commonplace – that is simply what you need to reside with. It’s the side-effect of being alive.’
JJ and his dance accomplice Amy Dowden have made it via to this weekend’s present after narrowly lacking out on the dance-off, which noticed Caroline Quentin be eradicated after dealing with off with Maisie Smith.
The One Present airs weekdays from 7pm on BBC One.