Stacey Dooley at the Strictly Come Dancing launch 2018

Strictly’s Stacey Dooley suffers painful injury in rehearsals


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Strictly Come Dancing star Stacey Dooley has suffered a painful injury in rehearsals this week.

According to The Sun, the documentary maker has torn an intercostal muscle behind a rib as she practiced her latest dance routine for the competition ahead of Saturday night’s live show.

It’s been said that Stacey, 31, has been given strict orders by her doctor not to move for “a couple of days”.

Stacey has apparently torn an intercostal muscle behind a rib (Credit: Instagram)

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Stacey’s agent told the publication: “It’s very painful. She is strapped up and the doctor has said she should be able to move in a couple of days.”

The star took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a snap of herself lying in a hospital bed.

Stacey ensured her fans that she hasn’t broken a bone and thanked the hospital staff for looking after her.

She captioned the post: “Nothings broke! All the drugs and all the cuppas gonna hook us up.

“See you Sat! THANK YOU SO SO MUCH TO ALL THE STAFF. You are all bloody amazing.”

Stacey and her professional partner Kevin Clifton made it through another week on Strictly at the weekend after wowing with their Doctor Who-themed Tango. They received 35 points for their routine.

Judge Craig Revel Horwood branded Stacey “unstoppable,” while Bruno Tonioli said: “This girl regenerates and comes back better than ever. Impressive.”

Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton on Strictly
Stacey is partnered with Kevin on the BBC show (Credit: BBC)

Kevin took to Instagram on Monday to praise Stacey, writing: “Cannot get over the quality of ballroom achieved by a complete beginner on Saturday. @sjdooley ur the best. So proud. (sic).”

Earlier this month, Stacey said Strictly has been an “amazing” release from her “harrowing” job as a documentary maker for the BBC.

Since 2008, the presenter has investigated issues such as gay conversion therapy camps in America and the effect of the fashion industry on the environment in programmes like BBC Three’s Stacey Dooley Investigates.

Stacey Dooley attends the red carpet launch for 'Strictly Come Dancing 2018'
Stacey recently said Strictly has been an “amazing” release from her “harrowing” job as a documentary maker (Photo by Tim P. Whitby / Getty Images)

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She told the Press Association her experience of appearing on Strictly had been “so far removed” from her day job, which she described as “intense” and “serious”.

She said: “One of the reasons I said yes to doing Strictly is because it is so far removed from what I do for a living ordinarily.

“I love my job but it’s intense and it’s serious and it’s straight. It can be really harrowing and Strictly is so celebratory and so flamboyant and so camp and so amazing but still so classy.”

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