Strictly’s Ugo Monye is forced to pull out of Saturday’s live show

Strictly’s Ugo Monye has been forced to pull out of Saturday’s upcoming live show with an injury.

The rugby union player, 38, – who is partnered with Oti Mabuse – took to Twitter on Thursday to reveal to fans that he was suffering from ‘back problems’ but would be back the week after.

It comes just a day after another contestant Robert Webb was forced to quit the show due to ill health.   

Oh dear: Strictly’s Ugo Monye has been forced to pull out of Saturday’s upcoming show with an injury

Ugo wrote to fans on Thursday: ‘Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to dance this weekend on the show.

‘I have a history of back problems which has always been managed under the guidance of medical professionals. Unfortunately this has been causing me some unwanted problems this week!

‘I have been advised by medical professionals and with huge support from Strictly to get some treatment & rest to ensure that I can get myself back to full capacity and fighting fit for next week.’

Upset: Ugo wrote to fans on Thursday: 'Unfortunately I'm not going to be able to dance this weekend on the show'

Upset: Ugo wrote to fans on Thursday: ‘Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to dance this weekend on the show’

Disruption: The rugby union player, 38, - who is partnered with Oti Mabuse - took to Twitter on Thursday to reveal to fans that he was suffering from 'back problems' but would be back the week after

Disruption: The rugby union player, 38, – who is partnered with Oti Mabuse – took to Twitter on Thursday to reveal to fans that he was suffering from ‘back problems’ but would be back the week after

Ugo concluded that he was ‘gutted’ to not be returning to the dance floor this weekend alongside professional partner Oti.

‘Wishing all the other contestants the best of luck & will be cheering them on from home,’ the star concluded in his Twitter thread.

Fans immediately flooded the comments section to wish Ugo better – and said they hoped to ‘see him back on the dancefloor soon’. 

Other professional dancers and celebrities on the show including AJ Odudu and Dianne Buswell also wished him well. 

Bowing out: It comes just a day after another contestant Robert Webb was forced to quit the show due to ill health

Bowing out: It comes just a day after another contestant Robert Webb was forced to quit the show due to ill health

Thoughts: Other professional dancers and celebrities on the show including AJ Odudu and Dianne Buswell also wished him well

Thoughts: Other professional dancers and celebrities on the show including AJ Odudu and Dianne Buswell also wished him well

It comes after on Wednesday Robert bowed out of the show, admitting he had ‘bitten off more than he could chew’, having an ongoing heart condition and two years after undergoing open-heart surgery.

His pro partner, Dianne will also be leaving the competition. 

Robert said of the decision: ‘I’m extremely sorry to have to announce that I’m withdrawing from Strictly Come Dancing due to ill health.

‘Two years ago I had open heart surgery and although I believed I was fit enough to take on Strictly and its demanding schedule, it became clear that I had bitten off way more than I could chew for this stage in my recovery.

Regrets: The comedian, 49, announced his decision on Wednesday night, admitting he had 'bitten off more than he could chew', having an ongoing heart condition

Regrets: The comedian, 49, announced his decision on Wednesday night, admitting he had ‘bitten off more than he could chew’, having an ongoing heart condition

Robert said of the decision: 'I'm extremely sorry to have to announce that I'm withdrawing from Strictly Come Dancing due to ill health'

Robert said of the decision: ‘I’m extremely sorry to have to announce that I’m withdrawing from Strictly Come Dancing due to ill health’

Dianne added: 'As a massive fan of Robert's I was delighted to find out that he was joining the Strictly family. On top of this, to find out he was my partner was the icing on the cake'

Dianne added: ‘As a massive fan of Robert’s I was delighted to find out that he was joining the Strictly family. On top of this, to find out he was my partner was the icing on the cake’

‘I had begun to feel symptoms that led me to seek an urgent consultation with my heart specialist, and it was her view that it would be better for the sake of my health to step back from the show.’

He went on: ‘I’m proud of the three dances that Dianne Buswell and I managed to perform and deeply regret having to let her down like this. I couldn’t have wished for a more talented partner or more patient teacher, and it’s a measure of Dianne’s professionalism and kindness that I was able to get as far as I did. 

‘Thanks too to everyone at home who voted for us. It was always going to be a difficult mountain to climb (for one thing it’s made of glitter so it’s very skiddy) and I’ve been especially touched by the support from fellow heart patients.

Sizzling! The pair had impressed with their dances so far

Sizzling! The pair had impressed with their dances so far

‘I think perhaps I was too eager to impress them. They will know that recovery doesn’t always go in a straight line, and I hope they’re not too disappointed that I ran into the limits of my resilience much sooner than I’d hoped.

‘I leave knowing that Strictly viewers are in very safe hands and I’ll be cheering for my brother and sister contestants all the way to Christmas.

‘Despite this sad ending, it has been a genuine honour to be part of this huge, joyful and barking mad TV show. Long may it continue.’ 

Dianne added: ‘As a massive fan of Robert’s I was delighted to find out that he was joining the Strictly family. On top of this, to find out he was my partner was the icing on the cake.

Health: Robert revealed he was left barely able to walk last year after emergency surgery for a congenital heart defect

Health: Robert revealed he was left barely able to walk last year after emergency surgery for a congenital heart defect

‘We made a great team, worked hard and had a good laugh along the way. I am so proud of the three amazing dances we produced.

‘I know Robert had a lot more to give to the competition but his health of course comes first and I wish him a speedy recovery. I feel lucky to have danced with him and to call him a friend.’

Sarah James, Strictly Come Dancing Executive Producer, said: ‘Although we are so sad that Robert has withdrawn from the show we completely understand and support his decision, health always comes first. 

‘Despite their Strictly journey coming to an end earlier than anyone would have hoped, Robert and Dianne really made their mark on the competition, with three unforgettable dances choreographed superbly by the brilliant Dianne.

‘They have been a wonderful partnership and we’d like to thank them for the commitment, creativity and joy they brought to the show. Everyone involved in Strictly Come Dancing sends Robert their love and best wishes for his continued recovery.’

Strictly Come Dancing will continue this Saturday with 12 couples taking to the Ballroom floor to impress the judges and the voting public.

Robert spoke recently that he was left barely able to walk last year after the emergency surgery for his congenital heart defect.

The Peep Show star learned the condition was made worse from his ten-year battle with alcohol.

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