Ugo Monye pulls out of Strictly Come Dancing this weekend with back injury

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Ugo Monye has pulled out of this weekend’s Strictly Come Dancing episode  (PA)
Ugo Monye has pulled out of this weekend’s Strictly Come Dancing episode (PA)

Ugo Monye has pulled out of this weekend’s Strictly Come Dancing episode after suffering from back problems.

The ex-England rugby star said he was “gutted” not to be able to dance with partner Oti Mabuse but had been advised not to participate by medical professionals.

He wrote on Twitter: “Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to dance this weekend on the show.

“I have a history of back problems which has always been managed under the guidance of medical professionals.

“Unfortunately this has been causing me some unwanted problems this week!

“I have been advised by medical professionals and with huge support from Strictly to get some treatment & rest to ensure that I can get myself back to full capacity & fighting fit for next week.”

He added: “Gutted Oti & I won’t be dancing this weekend but wishing all the other contestants the best of luck & will be cheering them on from home!”

It comes just a day after actor and comedian Robert Webb withdrew from the show due to ill health.

The Peep Show star, who had open heart surgery two years ago, said he was advised by a doctor to quit the show after he had “begun to feel symptoms” while training for the BBC One celebrity dancing competition.

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