Fitness battle for Strictly's James

Congleton Guardian: James Jordan is partnered with Denise Van Outen on Strictly James Jordan is partnered with Denise Van Outen on Strictly

Strictly Come Dancing pro James Jordan faces a race against time to get fit for this weekend's show after missing training through a swollen ankle which left him unable to walk.

His celebrity partner Denise Van Outen has been forced to rehearse with former regular Ian Waite while James tries to regain his fitness.

He has now been ordered to rest the ankle and is hoping he will be well enough to get back into the competition by the weekend.

James was crocked before Saturday night's show and he struggled to get through his performance. He later headed to hospital to check whether he had fractured it, but was given the all-clear.

His show colleague Aliona Vilani had to take a break for a month after she suffered an ankle injury during the series, and James has already had a bust nose in the past few weeks.

He bust his leg falling down a step shortly before the show and had to get through both his dance with Denise and the professional routine.

In a message to fans after his bump he pointed out: "My ankle is getting bigger and bigger."

He has been exchanging jokey banter with Denise on Twitter and told her: "Seven years on Strictly, I've never missed a show or training through injury. This year my eye, nose and now ankle. I blame you."

And he vowed to be back on the show this week "even if it kills me".

He added: "I'll be fine soon.... I promise."

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