BBC Strictly Come Dancing's Karen Hauer's health announcement as fans offer support
BBC Strictly Come Dancing star Karen Hauer has issued a health update via her Instagram account.
The update from the professional dancer comes following the knee injury that forced her and dance partner Greg Wise to miss the final of the programme last month.
Karen, who quit alcohol following a nasty knee injury, updated fans on her progress.
Alongside a video demonstrating part of her back to fitness programme, she wrote: “Week 4 of my knee rehab program.
“Feeling stronger, focused and more determined than ever.
"No alcohol, more sleep, good food, more recovery time, amazing physio @tawiahphysio.”
She added the hashtags #dryjanuary, #kneerehab, #painfree, #happybody, #physiotherapist and #strongmindstrongbody.
The post, at the time of writing, has already received 1,342 likes with supporters commenting: "You’re doing so well, you’re smashing it", and "I can’t do that with good knees, your a fighter and so positive".
Another wrote: "You are doing great Karen! Keep up the good work. Hope you are well soon".
The 39-year-old's injury occurred just before the popular show's finale.
She issued a statement, saying: “So currently I have two things wrong with my knee.
“So there’s a little bit of a tear on my meniscus and then there’s also a little cartilage flap behind my knee but they’re very minor so instead of an op I got a knee injection so that’s good news.
“I mean, I am terrified of injections and needles.
“I hate needles so I’m glad that it happened already.
“I pretty much bit off [boyfriend] Jordan’s jacket but at least I’m not going into surgery which is good for now.”
“No dancing for four weeks. I feel like I’m in Footloose the movie,” the Strictly dancer added.
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