Ugo Monye and Oti Mabuse pull out of Strictly Come Dancing due to injury

By Megan Nisbet

Ugo Monye has announced he will not be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this weekend.

The rugby star made an announcement on his Instagram page before It Takes Two presenter Janette Manrara confirmed Ugo and his professional dance partner Oti Mabuse had pulled out of the live shows on Saturday.

Ugo wrote on Instagram: "Unfortunately I'm not going to be able to dance this weekend on the show. I have a history of back problems which has always been managed under the guidance of medical professionals."

Read more: Robert Webb quits Strictly Come Dancing 'due to ill health'

He added: "Unfortunately this has been causing me some unwanted problems this week! I have been advised by medical professionals and with huge support from Strictly to get some treatment and rest to ensure that I can get myself back to full capacity and fighting fit for next week.

"Gutted Oti and I won't be dancing this weekend but wishing all the other contestants the best of luck & will be cheering them on from home! @bbcstrictly."

Ugo Monye will not be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this weekend (PA)

Speaking on Thursday night's It Takes Two, Janette told BBC viewers at home: "If you haven't heard, it's just been announced that Ugo and Oti won't be dancing this weekend.

"Sadly, Ugo hurt his back in training after triggering a previous injury so we're sending him and Oti all of our love and we hope to see them back on the dance floor next Saturday. So fingers crossed and get well soon."

A BBC spokesperson told WalesonOnline: "We can confirm Ugo and Oti will not be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this weekend."

Ugo was flooded with well wishes by his co-stars, including Dianne Buswell whose celebrity partner Robert Webb has withdrawn from the show "due to ill health". The BBC confirmed the comedian and his professional partner Dianne Buswell were to leave the competition on Wednesday night.

Janette Manrara announced the breaking news on It Takes Two, sharing Robert's statement with viewers at home. You can read it in full here.

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