Strictly Come Dancing's Shirley Ballas rushed to hospital with broken ankle

Strictly Come Dancing’s Shirley Ballas has been rushed to hospital with a broken ankle.

The TV star documented the traumatic time on Instagram where she praised NHS staff for looking after her.

And while revealing that the doctors had fitted her with a boot following a clean break, the 59-year-old reassured her followers that she’ll be fine to appear on the ballroom show this autumn.

Walking down the hospital corridor with the aid of some crutches, while wearing a coronavirus mask, the choreographer said: ‘Hi everybody, I’ve just finished at A&E after a clean break, on my right ankle. 

‘We’re not using Plaster of Paris anymore, using a boot, so I’m learning to walk on these crutches – crutches, right foot, close, a bit like the Waltz.

‘Anyway, I’m going to be absolutely fine for Strictly.’

She went onto reiterate her point in the caption, adding: ‘So a clean break. Six weeks to heal. Thank you to NHS and all staff who took care of me.’

The professional dancer then turned her attention to her partner Daniel Taylor and wrote: ‘@danieltayloresq thank you for being there. Painful but I’ll trolly on.

‘I’ll be fine for @bbcstrictly thank you for all the messages. #gratitude.’

Daniel shared some hospital selfies of his own, and told his followers: ‘In A&E with this brave soldier @shirleyballas!

‘You can never say it enough but thank you to our amazing #NHS for your time and care and of course all the sacrifices you all make on a daily basis to look after our country. #livingangels.’

But, while Shirley is hoping to return to the BBC competition, it’s rumoured her fellow judge Bruno Tonioli will be forced to miss this year’s season following the coronavirus pandemic.

Every autumn the 64-year-old flies between America and the UK where he films both Dancing With The Stars and Strictly Come Dancing, however, with quarantining measures restricting travel – it is thought Bruno will be staying in Los Angeles.

‘There is no way to travel back and forth at the moment, so he’s told bosses in the UK that unfortunately he will be staying over there,’ a source told The Sun. 

‘He spends a lot of his time in the States now, and the truth is he does earn a lot more from the US version.’ 

Strictly Come Dancing will return the the BBC for a shorter run this autumn.

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