One Strictly Come Dancing star has had a rough week, as an infection has meant he and his professional partner haven’t been able to rehearse.
Paralympian Jody Cundy, 44, who is paired with 2022 champion Jowita Przystał, said it’s been a ‘week of highs and lows’.
Despite starting off strong on Monday after surviving the first elimination, the gold medallist cyclist and former swimmer has not been able to train as much as he’d like in the lead-up to week 3 as he cannot put on his prosthetic leg.
Speaking to Janette Manrara on It Takes Two, the sporting star explained on Thursday (October 5): ‘The first two days, absolutely flown by, the end of day 2, we’d done the routine a number of times from start to finish, which I had not done for the previous two dances.
‘Really confident that we could just perfect everything for Saturday, I got home on Tuesday night, took my leg off, and was like, “Ooh, that’s quite sore,” and didn’t really think too much of it. Cleaned it, bathed it, made sure it was all ok.
‘Then I got up around 4am, looked at my leg, and it was warm, swollen, and I was like, “That’s getting infected, I need to see somebody about it”.’
Jody then went to the hospital and doctors prescribed him antibiotics.
However, by the time the next morning came around, he still couldn’t get his leg on.
‘That was Wednesday’s training out,’ he added.
‘So, I tried again this morning (Thursday) to get my leg on, not been able to get my leg on today, but it is healing, it is getting better but at the moment I’m still not able to get my leg on.’
Jody continued: ‘The hope is that tomorrow the swelling’s gone down a little bit more and we’re in a situation where I can do a little bit of practice and pick up where we left off on Tuesday.’
Determined to see the positives, he added: ‘Fortunately, I’m in a position where I actually know the routine and we’ve gone all the way through.’
Taking to his Instagram Story after the show, Jody wrote: ‘You may have seen on It Takes Two, that I’ve picked up a minor niggle this week that’s meant I’ve missed a few days training.
‘Everything seems to be settling down and I hope to be back on the dancefloor this Saturday evening.’
Jody and Jowita scored 16 points for their paso doble last week.
Sadly, Les Dennis was the first contestant to be eliminated, as he lost out in the dreaded dance-off to radio host Nikita Kanda.
Speaking about his Strictly experience after being voted off, the TV legend, 69, had nothing but praise for the show and his pro Nancy Xu, hailing her the ‘best teacher.’
‘She’s really put me through my paces,’ he said, before speaking to his partner directly.
‘I did as well as I could for you, I hope! That lot up there, I’m going to miss you so much,’ he stated to his fellow celebs.
Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday and Sunday on BBC One and iPlayer.
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