Ryan Sidebottom RULED OUT of tonight’s Dancing On Ice performance after injury

The cricket star is 'gutted'

Ryan Sidebottom and Brandee Malto

by Aimee Jakes |
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Dancing On Ice contestant Ryan Sidebottom has been forced to hang up his dancing skates after being ruled out of tonight's show thanks to groin injury.

The former-cricketer is unable to perform in the live Sunday evening performance (27th Jan) after succumbing to a Grade I adductor strain.

Ryan and dance partner Brandee Malto thanked fans for their ongoing support and revealed in a heartfelt statement: 'Me and Brandee are of course very gutted not to be able to perform this weekend, but I’m focusing on getting back on the ice as quickly as I can.'

'I want to thank everyone who has championed us so far, the support has been overwhelming. I’m also extremely grateful for all the support from my fellow contestants and I can’t wait to watch them all perform tomorrow night in the studio. I’ll be cheering them on!!'

A Grade I adductor strain affects the muscles on the inside of the thigh and are graded from 1 (mild), which takes a few weeks to heal, to 3 (mobility severely affected) - and can take up to four months to heal.

It's unclear how long the 41-year-old will be out of action.

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James Jordan

Ballroom dancer James Jordan was the third celebrity to be announced. Speaking about the show he said, "I can dance but I'm a lot older than I used to be. People are going to probably say I've got an unfair advantage but when I got on the ice I actually shocked myself how bad I was. I want to be able to impress Torvill and Dean more than anyone else, but I'm a lot worse than I thought I'd be."

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Brian McFadden

Former Westlife singer Brian McFadden was the fourth celebrity to be announced. When asked about his involvement he said, "I'm very excited. I've already been practising out the back garden on my rollerblades and my mum says I'm a one man Torvill and Dean."

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TV presenter Saira Khan appeared on The Apprentice back in 2005. She is now a panellist on Loose Women. Saira is the fifth celebrity to be announced.

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Ryan Sidebottom

International cricketer Ryan Sidebottom is the sixth celebrity to join the line-up for Dancing On Ice 2019.

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Melody Thornton

Former Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton will be taking to the ice next year. The singer said, "I guess the cat's out of the bag. I'm so excited, I can't wait to see you and I can't wait to do some skating for you!"

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Mark Little

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Jane Danson

Coronation Street actress Jane Danson, known for playing Leanne Battersby will be hoping for the same success as her co-star Brooke Vincent who took part last year.

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Saara Aalto

Saara Aalto appeared on The X Factor in 2016, now she is hoping to follow in the footsteps of last year's winner, who was The X Factor's Jake Quickenden.

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Didi Conn

Best known for playing the role of Frenchie in the iconic film Grease, Didi Conn will be taking to the ice rink for Dancing On Ice 2019.

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Wes Nelson

Love Island's Wes Nelson will be joining the line-up for Dancing On Ice 2019. Speaking about the show Wes said, "Gemma Collins is going to wipe the floor with me, I'm super intimidated. I've been looking at the line up thinking 'oh my gosh!' Of course you'll be seeing my hips on the ice and the hips don't lie!"

The news comes just comes after Ryan and Brandee were almost eliminated from DOI and ended up in the skate-off with Australian actor Mark Little.

The pair put their shaky performance down to their extreme height difference.

Speaking after the performance, Brandee said: 'It's really challenging this height difference. It's hard for him not to lean down because I'm so tiny.'

However, the judges praised their previous dance 'You've come so far from where you started. I feel you deserve the 4.5. I feel like you're a really fun guy and the routine felt it was forced fun.'

We hope Ryan Sidebottom makes a speedy recovery

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