Strictly’s Natalie In Battle To Appear This Saturday – Natalie Gumede may now be the bookie’s favourite to lift the title this series but she is in a fitness battle to be ready for this weekend’s show.
She has been consistently good in all her appearances so far and has pulled off the biggest points total of the series so far with straight 9’s from all 4 judges last weekend. It looks like the heavy training regime may be taking its toll on the body of the former Coronation Street bad girl though.
Natalie was seen leaving the offices of a London doctor yesterday and has had physiotherapy and steroid injections to help her deal with the pain she has been suffering in training this week.
A Strictly spokesperson has confirmed that Natalie is suffering from a compressed disc in her spine as well as sciatica. Neither of these conditions are usually helped by vigorous movement and so far Natalie and Artem have had to miss out on a day’s training to help her recover. The Strictly spokesperson said that Natalie is determined to appear on this Saturday’s live show however they finished their comment off with the expression ‘we shall see.’
Natalie was aid by partner Artem Chigvintsev to have had a slight fall in training on Tuesday and the fear is that this may have aggravated an old injury. As well as the physio and steroid injections Natalie also had an MRI scan earlier this week to assess the scale of her problem.
As so often seems to happen on Strictly when a dancer does well in the early shows People have been searching Natalie’s earlier career looking for evidence that she is not a complete dance amateur. This all seems a little like last year’s criticism of Denise Van Outen and her earlier dance experiences and we will wait to see if this all affects the outcome of the competition.
First of all we will have to wait to see if Natalie’s injury will actually let her compete in this week’s programme at all.