Monday 20 January 2020

Strictly's Brendan Cole may be "spluttering" during rumba after lung infection

Brendan Cole (BBC)
Brendan Cole (BBC)

Strictly dancer Brendan Cole has revealed he was forced to rush to hospital with a lung infection hours before Saturday night's show.

Cole, who is partnering singer Anastacia in this year's competition, said he has been cleared to perform but might be "coughing and spluttering" during the pair's rumba.

In a post on Twitter, the professional dancer said: "Had to take myself to A&E as I couldn't breath (sic) very well so not enough oxogen (sic) getting through."

Cole praised the care he had received as "incredible".

"NHS Doc's, Nurses & staff are phenomenal. Thank you for looking after me in the wee hours. Lung infection now under control so thank you."

"All fine for tonight though. Might just be a little coughing and spluttering during our rumba," he added.

Anastacia has suffered from her own injury woes during the series. She tore scar tissue from a double mastectomy in 2013 during training and was forced to sit out the bottom two dance-off in week two.

The pair will be dancing the rumba to The Way We Were by Barbra Streisand in Saturday night's show.

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