Strictly Come Dancing star Gorka Marquez has been forced to withdraw from the Strictly Presents tour due to a serious injury that has left him struggling to walk. The star’s wife-to-be Gemma Atkinson has sent her fiancé her love, as she informed fans he was in “so much pain”.
“I am so sad to announce that, following medical advice, I have to withdraw from the ‘Strictly Presents’ tour,” Gorka shared on Instagram.
“During the ‘Strictly Professionals’ tour I suffered an injury that, with treatment and care, let me carry on through the last few weeks of the tour.
“Unfortunately last week I had a flair up of my injury causing me a lot of pain and problems, even to walk.
“Following the advise from doctors and physios, I have had to stop my involvement in this new tour.
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“Proud of him for getting through it. Now, on the advice of doctors and physios, it’s rest and rehab ready for Strictly 2022!”
Strictly Come Dancing Live also put out a statement about Gorka’s sudden show exit.
They wrote: “We are sad to announce that Gorka Marquez has had to withdraw from the upcoming ‘Strictly Presents: Keeeep Dancing’ UK Tour due to injury.”
They then went on to reveal South African Latin Champion Cameron Lombard would be stepping in to replace him.
“However, we are pleased to confirm that Strictly Dancer Cameron Lombard will join the cast!” they continued.
Cameron Lombard said: “It’s a real thrill for me to be joining this new Strictly tour. ‘Keeeep Dancing’ is all about giving the audiences a sneak peek at what goes on behind the scenes at the TV show – I know they are going to love it!
“We will all miss Gorka on the road with us. I’m sending him my very best for a speedy recovery.”
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