Strictly Come Dancing: Gemma Atkinson confirms painful rib injury ahead of Blackpool dance as Debbie McGee sparks fears she'll miss show

Strictly Come Dancing: Zoe Ball confirmed Gemma Atkinson had an injury

Strictly Come Dancing: Zoe Ball confirmed Gemma Atkinson had an injury [BBC]

Gemma Atkinson and dance partner Aljaz Skorjanec were thrilled to make it through to the special Blackpool weekend on Strictly Come Dancing 2017.

But speaking on It Takes Two on Tuesday, Gemma revealed she was suffering with her ribs as rehearsals continued.

Alijaz and Gemma will be performing the American Smooth, with Zoe Ball confirming there would be some lifts.

But Zoe then asked the former Emmerdale actress how her ribs were, hinting the star had an injury.

Strictly Come Dancing: Gemma Atkinson and Aljaz Skorjanec made it to Blackpool

Strictly Come Dancing: Gemma Atkinson and Aljaz Skorjanec made it to Blackpool [BBC]

Strictly Come Dancing: Zoe Ball confirmed Gemma Atkinson had an injury

Strictly Come Dancing: Zoe Ball confirmed Gemma Atkinson had an injury [BBC]

Gemma confirmed this while diverting attention away from the question, before confessing she was in some pain.

Zoe said: “How are the ribs?” while Alijaz urged Gemma to “lie” to the viewers.

Asked about the lifts too, Gemma replied: “We did a few today in training and er….”

She quickly said: “No pain, no pain at all!,” before laughing it off and gritting her teeth.

Strictly rehearsals are getting 'seriously' rough for Gemma Atkinson

Strictly Come Dancing star Gemma Atkinson made it to Blackpool [Getty]

Zoe then told her: “Keep them wrapped up. Smile through the pain.”

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It comes after Debbie McGee reportedly sparked concern she would have to pull out of the show.

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Her sister Donna is said to have confirmed the news, stating Debbie is “suffering” with just days to go before the next show.

According to the Mirror, Donna confirmed Debbie had been in pain after sustaining an injury.

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Strictly Come Dancing: Debbie McGee is injured [Getty]

She apparently told them: “She’s twisted a muscle so she’s struggling.

“It’s a real shame. She has been suffering – she had a hot water bottle on her back all week. It’s really been playing up.”

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