Sam injures his ribs in last rehearsals for tonight's Dancing On Ice 2011 final

Sam Attwater

Sam Attwater's chances of being crowned Dancing On Ice 2011 champion took a hit today after the bookies' favourite injured his ribs n the final rehearsals. The Eastenders actor fell whilst practising a dangerous lift which will see him balance two skating partners during his showcase performance.

Sam told the News Of The World today: "I was lifting two of the girls for my showcase routine and I hadn't eaten during the day so was lacking energy and ended up falling but had Brianne on my shoulders. I was trying to save her so as I fell but with her weight on top of my shoulders, it meant that my the only way my ribs could go was to fan out so I've sprained the whole left side of my ribs.

"Lifts have been my main asset throughout the whole show and now I'm struggling. It's not been our best week, and it's the worst week to happen, but we're not letting it affect us. I'm hoping it's going to give us an extra boost on Sunday so we go out there with the attitude that we just have to go out and smash it."

Tune into ITV1 from 7:40PM tonight to see how Sam copes in the Dancing On Ice 2011 final!

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