Aljaz Skorjanec could be forced to drop out of Strictly Come Dancing this year after suffering a knee injury during a live stage performance.
The 31-year-old dance sensation reportedly inured himself while taking to the stage in his West End show Here Come The Boys at London’s Palladium theatre earlier this month.
The star is said to have badly twisted his knee with subsequent medical examination finding it was badly damaged – threatening his career.
According to reports, Aljaz was warned he might not be able to walk properly again after the injury unless he takes substantial time out to rest and recover.
Strictly is due to kick off the 2021 series in a matter of weeks, with the news of his injury and doctors orders to avoid exertion throwing his place in the upcoming 19th series in doubt.
A source told The Sun on Sunday: “Aljaz was on stage when he twisted his knee and it left him in agony. He knew it was serious, so went to a doctor who said he had to pull out of the show at once.
“He said if the knee didn’t recover, Aljaz might never walk normally again. Aljaz felt terrible about it but stepped aside and is now resting up as much as possible.
“The hope is he will make a full recovery. But until that happens, it’s fair to say his dance future is in jeopardy.”
Mirror have contacted a Strictly spokesperson for comment.
Aljaz’s place on his West End show is arguably cursed as he injured himself badly on the same show in 2019.
He was forced to quit the show when touring with Giovanni Pernice and Gorka Marquez after injuring his ankle.
He said at the time: “For the first time ever I couldn’t complete the show last night.
“I rolled my ankle during the first act and damaged ligaments on my left foot. I need to give my foot a rest for a few days so I can be back to my normal self as quick as possible!”
Meanwhile, wife Janette Manara has quit Strictly this week to take over from Zoe Ball on spin-off show It Takes Two meaning she won’t feature on the main show but will instead quiz contestants and professionals in the weeks between weekend live shows.