The actor and TV presenter is due to make her ice debut tonight in the new series of the skating show, but has a race against time to recover from her accident on Thursday.
She told The Sun on Sunday about a fall during training with partner Matt Evers that had left her questioning whether she’d be able to compete in the launch show.
Van Outen said: “I’ve taken a few tumbles since we started training but with this one I knew immediately it wasn’t good.
“Straight away I knew I’d done something. I just thought, ‘Please don’t let it be a break.’”
She was taken to A&E, where doctors diagnosed that her shoulder was partially dislocated and that she also had some tendon damage.
Van Outen admitted: “It’s really affected my ability to move my left arm. It’s touch and go as to whether I can skate tonight.”
Adding that she was “hoping and praying” she would still be able to perform her routine, she said that her hours before the show start were now being spent resting and in physio rather than cramming in last-minute run-throughs.
The routine has been adjusted by pro skater Evers to take account of her shoulder injury and the pair are still hoping to wow on the ice.
Van Outen also praised the NHS for the care they gave her during a busy period with the coronavirus pandemic.
This year’s Dancing On Ice line-up includes Jason Donovan, Myleene Klass, Colin Jackson and Rebekah Vardy.
One of the pro skaters has also suffered a bad accident in training - Yebin Mok was stabbed in the leg by partner Graham Bell’s skate.
Watch: Dancing On Ice skater injured in freak accident