Strictly Come Dancing star Will Bayley may be forced to quit the show, after he suffered a horrific knee injury that left the Paralympic star screaming in agony.
In footage obtained by The Sun, the Paralympic star, 31, can be seen screaming in agony after falling to the ground as he rehearsed his performance of the jive.
While Strictly bosses confirmed at the start of Saturday’s show that he would not be performing, it has been reported that he may be forced to pull out of the show completely due to the extent of his injuries.
Horrific: Strictly Come Dancing star Will Bayley may be forced to quit the show, after he suffered a horrific knee injury that left the Paralympic star screaming in agony
In the footage thought to have been filmed on Friday, Will can be seen performing his jive with stand-in pro Nancy Xu, after it was reported that his partner Janette Manrara suffered a minor injury earlier this week.
As he leaps into the air, Will collapses to the floor in agony, with Janette screaming ‘no no no’ as she runs onto the dancefloor.
Will can be seen turning over before screaming in agony, and it has been reported by the publication that he has torn a knee ligament.
Ouch! The Paralympic star (pictured during his performance last week with Janette Manrara) could be seen screaming in agony in footage taken during rehearsals on Friday
During Saturday’s show, the footage of Will’s injury was not shown, and instead viewers saw a glimpse of the star lying on the ground surrounded by crew members, while Will explained the extent of his injuries.
Speaking in the VT he said: ‘I jumped off a table and as I landed I landed with straightened legs. I thought I broke my leg because I never felt anything like it before.’
He added: ‘To hear the words I absolutely can’t dance was just really gutting for me. But I need to recover now and come back even stronger next week.’
Painful: During Saturday’s show the injury itself was not shown, and instead viewers saw the aftermath with Will lying on the floor in pain
Bad: In a VT shown on Saturday, Will admitted he thought he had broken his leg, as bosses confirmed he had been given a bye through to next week
The injury has now sparked claims that he could be forced to pull out of the show completely, following in the footsteps of Jamie Laing who was forced to quit the show last month.
A source also told the publication: ‘The crew rushed to get him medical help. Everyone has their fingers crossed but it looks very bad for Will.’
‘He is just praying for a miracle, and in the meantime wishes all his Strictly pals the very best of luck. Poor Will is absolutely heartbroken.’
The Sun also reported that Will is awaiting the results of a scan to determine his future on the show.
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Strictly Come Dancing for comment.
It was then confirmed on Saturday that Will would not be appearing on Strictly, and had been given a bye through to next week.
Tough: It has now been reported that Will may be forced to pull out of the show completely, but is awaiting the results of a scan (picture earlier in the series with Janette)
In a statement a representative for the BBC show said: ‘Sadly, Will Bayley was injured during training and medics have said he cannot dance in the show this weekend. Under the rules of Strictly Come Dancing, Will has been granted a bye to next week.’
Strictly’s partner Janette took to Instagram to post a sweet tribute after host Tess Daly announced that he would not be taking part in the show.
She wrote: ‘I love you so much @willbayleytt …. I will truly miss dancing the jive w/ you tonight, but let’s hope for the BEST & that you get better ASAP so that we can dance once again next week! #WeGotThisChamp #YourMyLittleFighter #TeamPocketRacket.’
Embattled: Janette appeared on the show on Saturday to share her support for Will, as his future in the show hangs in the balance
Will’s injury comes just a week after he left viewers in tears with an emotional contemporary routine, which came after he spoke candidly about being diagnosed with blood cancer when he was just seven years old.
His arthrogryposis affects all four of his limbs and causes multiple curved joints from birth. It generally results in stiff joints and muscle weakness.
Will learnt to play table tennis when his grandmother bought him a table following his cancer diagnosis.
He joined the local club at the age of 12 and went on to represent Kent’s able bodied men’s team before winning the gold medal at the 2016 Paralympic games.
Doing well: Will’s injury comes just a week after he left viewers in tears with an emotional contemporary routine