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'Emotional' AJ Odudu shares new health update after Strictly injury

The TV star missed out on the Strictly final and tour

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Sharnaz Shahid
Deputy Online Editor
19 January 2022
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AJ Odudu has confirmed some positive news – she has now removed her leg brace and is now only wearing a foot brace.

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She was recently left devastated after she was forced to pull out of the final of Strictly Come Dancing, and subsequently miss the Strictly tour because of her foot injury.

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"Obviously it's not fixed entirely," she said on Instagram Stories. "But I can start to feel the progress, so I'm feeling really happy about that."

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Fighting back tears, AJ added: "Like literally, the ability to stand for five seconds on one foot in a trainer because I've not been able to do that for so long. So, I'm actually really happy. I've got my sunglasses on because I'm getting quite emotional. Wow – who knew that could be so exciting? But it is."

AJ was one of the favourites to take home the Glitterball Trophy, but sadly as she trained for the final, she sustained a foot injury and had to withdraw from the show.

aj odudu leg brace© Photo: Instagram

AJ shared this snap of her boot after taking it off

Her injury has also meant that she is no longer able to take part in the Strictly Tour, with her professional partner Kai Widdrington now dancing with Maisie Smith.

"I'm devastated not to be able to take part in the Strictly tour due to injury. I had hoped for one last dance with Kai, but I must obviously follow the medical advice," the heartbroken TV star said in a statement. "I wish my Strictly family the very best of luck on the road and I'll definitely be there to cheer them on."

When Kai and Maisie shared their first snap from the training room, AJ was quick to praise the pair, simply writing: "Go team."

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