Here's exactly why Laura Whitmore is out of Strictly Come Dancing tonight

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Laura Whitmore is sitting out Strictly Come Dancing 2016 tonight and here's exactly why.

The BBC confirmed earlier that Laura will NOT be dancing tonight after suffering a mishap in training earlier in the week.

A Strictly spokesperson 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.

Laura Whitmore
Laura Whitmore

"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. We wish Laura a very speedy recovery."

Now insiders have revealed how pain in Laura's right ankle left her unable to stand.

“She’s seen two physios and two medics over the past 24 hours and at 4.15 today show bosses took the decision she could not perform," an insider told the Daily Mirror newspaper.

The tabloid reports that doctors have told her to rest to make sure the injury isn't worsened which could cause "permanent damage".

An insider said: “[Laura's ankle] really enflamed. She’s had to keep it elevated and she’s being given pain killers.

"She is absolutely gutted. She’s been in floods of tears because she was so excited to be performing."

This evening Laura spoke out via Twitter, saying that she is "absolutely devastated" not to be dancing this evening.

"If it was my choice, I'd be on the dance floor doing my jive with Gio. This was by far my favourite dance," she wrote in a statement.

Laura Whitmore, Giovanni Pernice
Laura Whitmore, Giovanni Pernice

Laura told fans: "We all train really hard. All of us dancing have aches and pains and I didn't realise the severity of my injury until it was too late. I'm sorry to let you all down.

"My priority is to follow the doctor's instructions to get myself on my feet again without permanent damage and do the thing I love the most, dancing!"

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

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