Ice skating legend Christopher Dean has been ordered not to perform in the new series of Dancing On Ice after suffering a major injury.

Christopher, 50, needed surgery after seriously damaged his shoulder while filming the show’s Christmas special, according to The Sun.

He was clearly in pain and producers called doctors who rushed him for treatment so he could be with his family in the US for Christmas.

Christopher, who is currently recovering, will not be able to perform in the upcoming series until his shoulder has fully mended. But he will still mentor contestants.

Christopher’s injury comes as a major blow for ITV as his routine with partner Jayne Torvill, 51, is always one of the show’s highlights.

A show insider said: “Everyone was really worried as he is a key part of the show.

“If his injury had knocked him out completely it would have been a disaster.”

The source added: “[Chris] is due to appear when the show returns in January. He won’t be allowed to dance with Jayne or by himself until docs give him the all-clear.”

Dancing On Ice returns for a fourth series on ITV1 on Sunday January 11.

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