Emmerdale star Emily Symons will compete in TV show Dancing On Ice despite breaking a rib.

The actress suffered the agonising injury in training two days before Christmas. Her dance partner squeezed her so hard during a lift that one of her ribs cracked.

The injury takes up to eight weeks to heal, but Emily is determined to dance through the pain this Saturday night.

“I broke my rib on the last day of training before Christmas. I came off the ice thinking ‘that really hurts’ and the next day I couldn’t walk or breathe very well,” she said.

“I had to ring the physio and say ‘we have a problem’. I’m taking painkillers. It should take six to eight weeks to recover, but I told the physio I needed to be sorted in two.”

And Emily is not the only one who will be dancing through gritted teeth. Every one of the 11 celebrities on the ITV1 show has suffered injuries. The other women – actress Clare Buckfield, Sky News presenter Kay Burley, TV presenter Ulrika Jonsson and former Steps singer Lisa Scott-Lee – all have bruised ribs.

Kay explained: “It’s not through falling on the ice, it’s through being lifted by your partner. The pain is a bit like having a hot brick shoved between your ribs and your lungs. My remedy is painkillers and anti-inflammatories and wine when I can get it!”