Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Laura Whitmore OUT after ankle injury

Why is Laura Whitmore not dancing?

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Laura Whitmore has been forced OUT of tonight's Strictly Come Dancing due to an injury.

The TV presenter will NOT be performing tonight, the BBC have announced this afternoon.

What's wrong with Laura?

Fans needn't worry too much as it's not ruled her out of the competition completely.

The BBC have said she has injured her ankle and been told to rest this weekend and will receive a bye through to next weekend's show.

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A statement from the BBC said: "Laura Whitmore will not perform on tonight's Strictly Come Dancing due to an ankle injury sustained earlier in the week.

"She has been checked by a doctor and the medical team on site and they have advised that she rests her ankle and does not dance this weekend.

"As per the rules of Strictly Come Dancing - because Laura and Giovanni cannot dance on tonight's show - they will receive a bye through to next week and the show will continue with a public vote as per usual."

The BBC added: "We wish Laura a speedy recovery."

Laura is the second Strictly star to be ruled out due to injury this weekend.

It was confirmed last night that pro dancer Brendan Cole would also NOT be performing tonight.

However celebrity partner Anastacia will still dance, having trained with Gorka Marquez during the week.

Gorka had originally been partnered with Tameka Empson but the pair were eliminated a week ago now.

Meanwhile a number of other pro dancers are said to have been left sick by a 'mystery virus'.

On Thursday night, Ed Balls' pro partner Katya Jones was unable to speak on It Takes Two due to illness and had to write answers to host Zoe Ball on a card.

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As well as Katya and Brendan, Aljaz Skorjanec and Anton du Beke are both reportedly feeling under the weather ahead of Saturday's show.

And worse still, the illness has also impacted extra pro dancers who my need to be called upon just like Gorka.

Neil Jones as well as Janette Manrara, who was eliminated with celebrity partner Melvin Odoom week one, are said to be sick too.

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 airs tonight at 6:35PM on BBC One.

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