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Friday 22nd November 2019

Strictly Come Dancing: Kevin Clifton replaces Neil Jones

Alex Scott's regular partner is injured

Injuries have struck the Halloween Strictly Come Dancing tonight, with three performers forced off the live show's competition.

Will Bayley is injured, meaning he and partner Janette Manrara have to sit out this week.

Will injured his leg (Credit: BBC)

I jumped off a table and I landed with a straight leg, and thought I'd broken it.

And Neil Jones has also hurt himself, meaning celeb partner Alex Scott is dancing with pro Kevin Clifton.

The show broke the news on its Twitter account.

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The statement said: "Sadly Will Bailey was injured during training and medics have said he cannot perform this evening.

"Under the rules of Strictly Come Dancing, Will has been granted a bye to next week.

"Separately Alex Scott's partner Neil Jones received an injury while training this morning.

"Kevin Clifton has stepped in to partner Alex in tonight's show."

In VT, Will explained: "I jumped off a table and I landed with a straight leg, and thought I'd broken it.

"When I heard the words I can't dance it was gutting but I need to recover and come back even stronger next week."

Janette joined Claudia Winkleman in the studio and added: "He's gutted not to be dancing the Jive, which he loved, but he's home, he's icing and, fingers crossed, he'll be back next week.

Kev returned! (Credit: Splash)

Viewers were full of sympathy for both Will and Neil, but many were delighted to have Kevin, knocked out three weeks ago with Anneka Rice, back.

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One fan wrote: "Get well soon both but lovely to have Kevin Clifton back."

Another said: "Glad to see Kevin Clifton back!"

A third posted: "Yeah. Kevin back. Love him. So sad Will 'n Neil are out."

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