Dancing with the Stars pro-dancer Curtis Pritchard will miss the start of the forthcoming run of the show following an assault.

Curtis had been due to participate in the RTÉ series, beginning in Januarybut will not be taking part while recovering from his injuries.

The talented dancer Curtis and his brother AJ, also a pro-dancer, on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, were attacked on a night-out.

A family statement declared as follows: "AJ and Curtis were assaulted whilst on a night-out with two friends on December 27 in an unprovoked attack in Nantwich, Cheshire.

"Curtis is due to undergo an emergency operation in the next few days to correct the damages he has sustained to his knee, he is also recovering from injuries to his eye and face.

"AJ received bruising to his face, arms, body and legs.

"Statements have been given to Cheshire Police and they are currently undergoing an investigation." 

AJ Pritchard 

Cheshire police have released the following statement: "Shortly after 2am on Thursday 27 December officers were called to reports of an incident at a night club on Welsh Row, Nantwich.

"Officers attended the scene and found that four men, three aged 22 and one aged 24, had been assaulted.

"The victims sustained a number of injuries as a result of the incident and were taken to Leighton Hospital for treatment. All of the men have since been discharged.

"Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and officers have arrested a 20-year-old man from Crewe on suspicion of assault; he has since been released under investigation pending further enquiries."

RTE have also issued a statement. "Dancing with the Stars pro-dancer Curtis Pritchard was involved in an incident on 26 December 2018. As a result of the injuries sustained, he will not have recovered in time for the launch of the new series, which will air January 6 2019.

Dancing with the Stars wish Curtis a speedy recovery. A replacement for Curtis on the show is currently being arranged by ShinAwiL and we look forward to welcoming Curtis back when he recovers." Dancing with the Stars is produced by ShinAwiL for RTÉ.  

Strictly co-stars have been supporting the brothers on Twitter, including dancer Katya Jones. "I can’t believe what happen to @Aj11Ace and @CurtisPritchard . Sending lots of love your way. It’s Christmas people! Where is humanity going? #disappointed"

Colleague Giovanni Pernice also lent his support. "Wtf is wrong with this people ????? Guys I’m so sorry @CurtisPritchard @Aj11Ace I’m with you all the way !! Disgusting !!!!"

Curtis with dance partner Norah Casey on last year's Dancing with the Stars