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Friday 15th November 2019

Strictly's Janette Manrara pays tribute to her 'champion' Will Bayley after he quits due to injury

He bowed out earlier this week…

Professional dancer Janette Manrara has paid tribute to her Strictly Come Dancing partner Will Bayley.

The Paralympic athlete yesterday (October 30) announced he had quit the competition after an injury picked up during training for the Halloween special.

Taking to Instagram, Janette called Will "my champion".

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Posting a picture of the pair holding a glitterball trophy, she said: "I had to post this photo again because it represents everything that I feel right now. @willbayleytt will always be my champion!"

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Janette added: "He came on this show to share a very special message & every single week through his hard work & determination he did exactly that. In my eyes, that is truly winning!"

The dancer also called Will an "inspiration".

Will broke down while talking about his exit (Credit: BBC)

She said: "You inspired so many & most of all me! Thank you for being so incredible every week & giving your absolute EVERYTHING! I’m sending all the positive energy your way now for a speedy recovery."

She added: "I love you Will, & forever and always..... #WeGotThisChamp."

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Janette's fellow Strictly pro dancer husband Aljaz Skorjanec also expressed his sadness at Will leaving the competition.

He came on this show to share a very special message & every single week through his hard work & determination he did exactly that. In my eyes, that is truly winning!

He said: "Absolutely gutted that @willbayleytt and my @jmanrara had to pull out of @bbcstrictly. You had so much more to give Mr. Hope we see each other on the dance floor again soon!"

Aljaz added to Will: "I wish you a quick recovery."

Will suffered an injury in the run up to the Strictly Halloween special (Credit: BBC)

He also offered his support to Janette. He said: "And my wife... I love you and always here for you."

Fans of the show are now begging bosses to bring back Catherine Tyldesley following Will's untimely exit.

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