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Saturday 20 December 2014

Hayley Tamaddon's rib struggle

Hayley Tamaddon and Daniel Whiston's hopes have been hit by an old injury
Hayley Tamaddon and Daniel Whiston's hopes have been hit by an old injury

Dancing On Ice star Hayley Tamaddon is struggling with a rib injury which could put her hopes of victory in jeopardy.

The 33-year-old former Emmerdale actress is favourite to win the ITV celebrity skating contest, but a suspected cracked rib injury she suffered weeks ago has flared up, making rehearsals with professional partner Daniel Whiston increasingly difficult.

Hayley, who got through to the semi-finals on Sunday night, tweeted on Monday: "I am shattered and have a crazy week ahead and I am struggling with my rib injury... must rest."

The Sun reports Hayley and Dan's routine for the semi-finals involves a lot of lifts which is exacerbating the injury and EastEnder Danniella Westbrook's constant improvement is becoming even more of a threat to Hayley's chances of winning the show.

A source said: "All the muscles around her ribs have gone into spasm. Dan wrapping his arms around her for the trickier moves has aggravated it."

Meanwhile, acid-tongued judge Jason Gardiner has branded Hayley's last performance "cheesy" and says Danniella has more sex appeal.

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