Antony Cotton may not be able to perform during this weekend's 'Dancing on Ice'.
The 'Coronation Street' star - who is known for playing the flamboyant knicker stitcher Sean Tully in the soap - is set to take to the rink in just two days' time, but his future on the show is currently up in the air after he was rushed to hospital on Wednesday (31.01.18) with fractured ribs following a nasty tumble during rehearsals.
Speaking to the Mail Online, the 42-year-old actor - who is partnered with Brandee Malto - said: "Luckily, Brandee was uninjured but I was taken to hospital where I discovered I had fractured a couple of ribs, front and back.
"I'd like to thank the staff at Silver Blades ice rink in Widnes, the doctor and nurse at The Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle, and Brandee, who never left my side throughout.
"But the show must go on and as such, we are going to do our best to continue in the 'Dancing on Ice' competition this Sunday.
"Hopefully the painkillers and sequins will see us through."
It's believed Antony smashed his ribs after he fell backwards with Brandee while they were practicing a difficult lift and they both ended up crashing into the ice.
A 'Dancing On Ice' spokesperson said: "Antony fell on the ice during training and as a precaution was taken to a nearby hospital. He has since been released and is now resting ahead of the live show this weekend."
Antony's hospital dash comes just a week after Max Evans' partner Ale Izquierdo was rushed to A&E after he dropped her and she smashed her head on the ice.
The professional skater was seen on the VT writhing around in pain before she was taken to hospital where doctors iced her head and told her to rest for 24 hours.
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