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Natalie's back pain fear allayed

Actress Natalie Gumede is determined to be back on the floor for this weekend's Strictly Come Dancing after learning she has not slipped a disc.

The former Coronation Street star has had steroid injections and had to seek medical opinion after suffering agonising pains in her back.

There had been fears she may have been forced to pull out of the BBC1 contest if initial fears of a slipped disc had been confirmed.

But after undergoing an MRI scan, Gumede has now been told she is suffering from a "compressed disc", coupled with sciatica.

A show spokeswoman said: "She has had physio this morning and she is about to have steroid injections to ease the pain.

"She will not train today but is determined to dance on Saturday night."

Gumede has proved to be a dancefloor talent, topping the leader board again at the weekend after achieving a score of 36 from the awestruck judging panel for her rumba to Rihanna's Love The Way You Lie.

She has already had a day of rest and had taken painkillers in the hope she would be able to return to training with professional partner Artem Chigvintsev.

Gumede, who became the early favourite to win the contest, will perform a quickstep to Yeah by Usher if she is able to compete on Saturday.

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