James Jordan on DOI

James Jordan returns to the ice after Dancing On Ice training injury

He suffered a hernia tear

James Jordan is back in training for Dancing On Ice after suffering a hernia tear.

The 40-year-old dancer had been worried he’d have to pull out of the skating show before the semi-finals this weekend but a spokesperson for the programme has confirmed he is now back on the ice with professional partner Alexandra Schauman.

James and Alexandra DOI
The pair will skate this Sunday (Credit: ITV)

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And that’s not all as the programme’s Associate Creative Director, Dan Whiston, believes the injury won’t have knocked James too far off track as he’s predicted either he or Wes Nelson – who is partnered with Vanessa Bauer – will earn a perfect score on Sunday (03.03.19).

He told the Sun Online: “Wes and James have come close to full 10s in previous weeks and I think it could be this week that one of those two can get a full set of 10s.

“I’d love to see the full 10s come out this weekend. I think if people skate clean, they’ll be well deserved, but the beauty about our show is that you never know what you’re going to get until the night.

“You never really know you can’t call it, anything can go wrong it’s slippy stuff out there. Is there any guarantees of 10s, no? Is it highly likely? Definitely.”

Wes Nelson ITV
Wes has earned himself the highest marks of the series (Credit: ITV)

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James had previously admitted he had found it “hard” to train following his injury, with fellow skaters said to have been “terrified” when they saw him “double over in agony”.

The former Strictly Come Dancing star has joked he is “falling to bits”.

He told The Daily Star: “I’ve ripped open my hernia. I’ve also got lower back pain because of it.

“I’m falling to bits… Managing injuries is getting harder as you get older.”

James underwent double hernia surgery in December 2017.

Sharing a photo of himself in hospital a few months ago, he wrote on Instagram: “One year ago today I had my double hernia operation. Here’s me just before surgery. Amazing what can happen in one year…… we were both devastated to have to cancel our Tour, but I’ve always said the old saying ‘one door closes but another will always open’ Now I’m preparing for @dancingonice and I’m so excited to show you all how hard I’ve been working (sic)”

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