AJ Odudu says she is 'almost back to normal' following Strictly Come Dancing injury

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5 Apr 2022, 13:02

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TV star AJ Odudu says she’s definitely on the mend after suffering from a nasty injury on Strictly Come Dancing. 

She was forced to pull out of the live Strictly 2021 final in December following a ‘traumatic impact injury’ to her right ankle, ‘affecting the joint, capsule and ligaments’, as she confirmed via Instagram at the time. 

AJ was spotted on crutches and with a leg boot while recovering, and had to miss out on the Strictly Live tour too. 

While chatting to virginradio.co.uk at the RTS Programme Awards, AJ gave an update now the leg boot has gone, and the heels are back on. 

When asked how recovery is going, AJ replied: “Almost back to normal, but I’m back in heels, and that’s the most important thing right?”

The 2021 Strictly final went ahead without AJ, with Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice being crowned the winners on the ballroom floor. 

At the time, the BBC confirmed that ‘after consulting medical professionals regarding her recent injury, the decision has been made that sadly AJ cannot dance in Saturday’s final.’

AJ said in a statement: “I'm deeply upset that I am unable to perform in the Final due to a torn ligament in my right ankle. Learning to dance over the last 13 weeks has been an incredible honour and to do it alongside someone as special, patient and devoted as Kai is something I'll treasure forever.

“Thank you to the Strictly family for the experience, the medical team for trying to get me back on my feet and mostly, to everyone at home for watching and supporting. You've made this experience one to remember. 

“Strictly Come Dancing has been a lifelong dream and I'm glad it came true."

Meanwhile, AJ has been back on her feet for new physical adventure/reality series The Bridge. 

The presenter will host the second series alongside adventurer Aldo Kane. The Bridge will see 16 strangers attempt to join forces and build a bridge over 1,000 feet of water.

The series will take place in Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, and competitors will have 12 days to reach a £200,000 cash prize held on top of Fortune Rock.