Back injury may force Natalie out of Saturday’s Strictly

Natalie Gumede may miss this weekend’s Strictly Come Dancing as she awaits a medical opinion an agonising back problem.

The former Coronation Street star had to miss training yesterday and went for an MRI scan amid fears that she may have slipped a disc which would cast a shadow over her involvement in the show.

Natalie has already proved to be a dancefloor talent, topping the leader board again at the weekend after achieving a score of 36 from the awestruck judging panel for her rumba to Rihanna’s Love The Way You Lie.

She will see a consultant this morning after taking painkillers and resting at home to reduce the swelling. She is awaiting the results of her scan to find out the extent of her injury and to see whether she is able to continue training with professional partner Artem Chigvintsev.

Artem said: “We had to finish rehearsal early on Tuesday because of the pain in Natalie’s back – if it is serious she might not be able to continue.”

A Strictly source said: “She had a slight fall in training on Tuesday which may have contributed to aggravating an old back injury.

“She fears the worst and would hate not to be able to perform on Saturday. It may be touch and go, we’ll have to wait and see.”

Natalie, who became the early favourite to win Strictly, is due to perform a quickstep to Yeah by Usher if she manages to compete on Saturday.