Tony Adams has addressed his departure from Strict Come Dancing, revealing he is suffering from a hamstring injury.
The passing of the former England footballer, 56, was announced during Sunday night’s show of results after he performed Wilson Pickett’s Land Of 1,000 Dances on Saturday night.
Speaking alongside his professional partner Katya Jones on the hit show It Takes Two, Adams said: “The past few weeks have been difficult.
“Last week I had a little bit of discomfort, then I went out there and danced and then on Thursday I did a little bit of toe down, a little bit of contraction.
“That’s not done in football, you mustn’t point your toes.”
He went on to explain: “They are very professional, BBC radio, first class physiotherapy room, everything. They say, ‘see, it’s your decision Tone, do you want to make it?’ and my wife said, ‘my mother is coming, you have to jump’.
Speaking of his final performance, Adams said: “To be honest with you, I’m not sure I’ll make it through.”
Despite being forced to withdraw from the competition, Adams remained positive, telling host Rylan Clark: “What a great friend.”
He added: “I came to the show with a message; to get the mental health and addiction awareness out there.
“You know, 26 years ago, I should have died.
“I don’t want to be on this planet, and now I’m dancing on a show.”
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After the live performance, Adams found himself confronting radio host and DJ Tyler West in a creepy dance move.
However, on Sunday night’s show, co-host Tess Daly said: “Due to an injury sustained on Saturday night, Tony was unable to participate in the dance part and has decided to withdraw from the competition.
“This means there won’t be a dance tonight and Tyler and Dianne are going to Blackpool.”
Judge Shirley Ballas said: “Tony, from the first moment you put your foot on the ring with your tango, to the last moment and the last kick, you gave us 100 % of his heart.
“You’ve grown week after week, you’ve become one of the most beloved entertainers in the country.
“On behalf of the jury, we enjoyed watching every second, you really are everything this show is all about and we can only wish you the best as you move forward.
“Keep dancing, keep entertaining people, because you’re a star. Very good.”
The remaining eight couples will hit the dance floor at Blackpool Tower on November 19 at 7:45pm, with the results shown on November 20 at 7:20pm on BBC One.
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