Claire Sweeney’s Dancing On Ice performance was left hanging in the balance this week after she suffered a huge injury during training.
The actress, 52, crashed to the ground while practicing hair-raising spins with her professional skating parter Colin Grafton, 32, causing her to injure her ribs and dislocate her shoulder.
Coronation Street star Claire was due to sing during her burlesque performance to the song Big Spender this week but her routine has had to be changed dramatically to take account of her injuries.
A source told MailOnline: ‘Last week, the judges feedback was they wanted to see more speed and to be more daring, which Claire took on board.
‘She really wanted to push herself this week, but she pushed herself a bit too much and dislocated her shoulder and hurt her ribs.
Claire Sweeney’s Dancing On Ice performance was left hanging in the balance this week after she suffered a huge injury during training (pictured last month)
The actress, 52, crashed to the ground while practicing hair-raising spins with her professional skating parter Colin Grafton, 32, causing her to injure her ribs and dislocate her shoulder
‘She performed the move twice and was perfect – all of a sudden, she hit the ice. It completely blindsided her.
‘Medics have popped her shoulder back in and she’s icing in between rehearsals and taking painkillers as advised.
‘She’s still in a lot of pain and they’ve had to change the routine to protect her shoulder. The routine change is completely last minute, so she’s having to learn new moves and of course her confidence has been knocked by the injury.
‘However, she’s a real pro and doesn’t want to let anyone down, especially as she’s become such a fan favourite.
‘So many people have pulled out previously with similar injuries, so everyone’s rallying around her and have nothing but respect for Claire’s determination.’
MailOnline has contacted ITV and a representative for Claire for comment. Colin’s agent was not available for comment.
This is not the first time Claire has run into trouble while rehearsing this series.
Ahead of her debut performance on the show last month, it was unclear if she would take to the ice after injuring her knees.
Dancing On Ice contestant Claire Sweeney was left red-faced as she prepared to perform for the first time during this year’s series last month
The Coronation Street star ran into some trouble during rehearsals as she took a tumble and crashed to the ground, causing her to rip her trousers (Claire pictured practicing with show judge Christopher Dean while fellow panellist Jayne Torvill looks on)
An insider told The Sun at the time: ‘Claire has been training really hard, but has managed to injure herself.
A source close to the show added: ‘Claire is in great hands. ITV has medical support on site and health and safety across the board. The stars know the risks when joining the show, but they are full looked after throughout. Everyone wishes Claire a speedy recovery.’
Meanwhile, Claire was left red-faced as she prepared to perform for the first time during this year’s series.
The star took to the ice last month with Colin, with the pair skating to the song Holding Out For A Hero by Bonnie Tyler.
But she ran into trouble during rehearsals as she took a tumble and crashed to the ground.
While she wasn’t injured as a result of her fall, she didn’t escape completely unscathed – her leggings ripped leaving her behind on show.
Claire is said to be determined to return to the show this week despite her injuries and does not want to drop out of the series
After her fall, Claire was seen practicing with judge Christopher Dean as she span around with her hands on his shoulders, as his fellow panellist Jayne Torvill watched her technique.
However, unbeknown to Claire, her blue leggings had ripped after her mishap, leaving her backside exposed.
Addressing the incident in a piece to camera, Claire said: ‘I’ve been skating around the with my bum hanging out with Torvill and Dean and no one told me!’
Dancing On Ice continues on Sunday 4 February at 6.20pm on ITV1 and ITVX.