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Will Bayley says he’s ‘working on his knee’ as he continues rehab for his injury after Strictly Come Dancing

Will Bayley has given an insight into his recovery process after tearing a ligament during his Strictly Come Dancing stint.

The Paralympian, 31, was forced to pull out of the competition following a knee injury incurred during rehearsals for the Halloween special.

Last week, the gold medallist revealed he was going to try and replicate his gold medal success at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo and start training again for the games.

And now Bayley has shed light on his rehabilitation process with a new video.

Devastated: Will previously said he was “gutted” to have been forced to leave the competition early (BBC/Guy Levy)

Filmed inside a gym, Bayley is seen stretching, squatting and using exercise machines to improve the strength of his knee.

Writing on Twitter, he said: “Working on that knee. Tough time at the min. Hopeful I can get through it a better player.”

Last week Bayley revealed the extent of his injury, stating he had torn his anterior cruciate ligament, which is one of the tissues that connects your thighbone to your shinbone.

Despite his injury, he has remained positive through the process.

He wrote on Twitter: “Update on injury guys. I have a full tear of my ACL not the best news, but this gives me a brilliant opportunity to work on other parts of my game that I could improve. I don’t see why I can’t be an even better play because of this!”

His progress has been praised by fans and fellow stars, including former Strictly contestants Debbie McGee and Chizzy Akudolu.

Bayley was paired with Janette Manrara in this series of Strictly. The duo were forced to exit the competition in week seven after Bayley was told of the extent of his injury. 

Their final dance in the competition, a contemporary number to Lukas Graham’s song ‘7 Years’, won the duo 32 points from the judges.


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