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Injured James vows to dance through pain

STRICTLY Come Dancing pro James Jordan has vowed to dance through the pain as he aims to compete in this weekend's show -- despite scans showing tendon injuries.

The star, who partners Denise Van Outen on the BBC1 show, has missed days of rehearsals and at one stage was barely able to walk after falling down stairs.

Jordan is determined to return to the dancefloor to take part in Saturday's show, but producers will make a call on whether he is fit enough later tomorrow.

Jordan has undergone an MRI scan which showed his foot was fine, but he has damage to his ligaments. He has taken the all-clear on his foot to mean he should carry on.

Van Outen has been forced to rehearse with former regular Ian Waite while Jordan tried to regain his fitness this week.


Jordan was injured before last Saturday night's show and he had to grin and bear it through both his dance with Van Outen and the professional routine.

The pair still found themselves at the top of the leaderboard at the end of the show. He later headed to hospital to check whether he had a fracture, but was given the all-clear.

Telling fans about his woes earlier this week, Jordan said: "Seven years on Strictly, I've never missed a show or training through injury. This year my eye, nose and now ankle."

Ian Waite will be at the studio on Friday for rehearsals and on Saturday as a stand-by.