Strictly Come Dancing: Anneka Rice suffers injury ahead of series return

She said it's "holding her back" in rehearsals

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This year’s Strictly Come Dancing star Anneka Rice has injured her shoulder ahead of the new series.

The presenter, 60, said she “fell badly on a very wet grassy slope” and has been in physio for the past six weeks trying to recover for the show.

Anneka revealed her injury is “slightly holding her back” from rehearsing for the show – which starts on September 7.

Anneka revealed her injury is “slightly holding her back” (Credit:

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Speaking to The Sun, Anneka revealed: “I had quite a bad accident and hurt my shoulder. I fell badly on a very wet grassy slope. I have been in physio for that so haven’t done what I needed to do.

“It’s getting better but it’s meant I haven’t been able to do the ‘all singing, all dancing’. It’s slightly holding me back.

“I told the Strictly bosses, ‘you do realise I won’t be able to do one of these steps.'”

Anneka wowed at the Strictly launch on Monday (August 28) alongside her fellow celebrities contestants taking part.

The star was named as one of this year’s stars on Steve Wright In The Afternoon on BBC Radio 2 earlier this month.

Anneka Rice at Strictly Come Dancing launch
Anneka said she “fell badly on a very wet grassy slope” (Credit: Wenn)

She said: “I haven’t danced since I was seven and Miss Beer sent me home from my ballet class because I was hopelessly uncoordinated.

“My family and friends haven’t seen me dance since, not at a wedding or round a handbag so it’s going to be a challenge for my partner. In fact I’ve asked for two, one on each side.”

She added: “I can’t see myself in a long frilly dress either. But I’m feeling recklessly excited.

“Strictly has always been my autumn’s entertainment and now I’m part of it! My children will probably leave the country.”

Dev Griffin, James Cracknell, Alex Scott, Jamie Laing, Will Bayley, Michelle Visage, Viscountess Emma Weymouth, Karim Zeroual, Mike Bushell and Catherine Tyldesley will also compete on the show.

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Joining them are Saffron Barker, David James, Chris Ramsey and Emma Barton.

Last week, Anneka admitted she was already “knackered” from a day of rehearsals.

She wrote on Twitter: “I was going to post a little #Strictly vlog (learned that from @SaffronBarker today) but too knackered.

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“And not necessarily in a good way. Blimey, that was only Day 1!!!!!”

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