Dancing on Ice professional skater Hamish Gaman has said he is "heartbroken" to have to leave the ITV show due to a freak injury. 

Gaman, who was partnered with Coronation Street star Faye Brookes, injured his finger while putting on a sock off the ice. He said that although he does not need surgery, another accident could exacerbate the injury.

Writing on Instagram on Thursday, Gaman said: "Hi everyone. I'm heartbroken that I'll no longer be skating with @faye--brookes on @dancingonice.

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"I'm so grateful that I don't need any surgery on my finger, but if I stay in the show I could have an accident and make my injury much worse (it is series 13)."

Gaman paid tribute to skating partner Brookes, describing it as a "privilege" to work with her. 

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"I'm so proud of the incredible skater that she's become," he continued. "I remember her being scared of skating backwards and wondering if she'd ever be able to do a 3-turn or backward crossover. Faye, you've come so far and achieved so much."

On Tuesday, ITV said: "Sadly, we can confirm that Hamish Gaman, who has been partnered with Faye Brookes, has had to withdraw from the competition.

"We thank him for all his hard work and wish him the very best as he takes some time out to allow his injury to fully heal."

Gaman's departure is the latest in a series of withdrawals from this year's show.

Emmerdale star Joe-Warren Plant and his professional partner Vanessa Bauer became the fourth couple to quit the competition after they tested positive for coronavirus. Comedian Rufus Hound also left the show after he tested positive.

Reality TV star Billie Shepherd departed after sustaining an injury in a fall, while actress and singer Denise Van Outen withdrew after she partially dislocated her shoulder in training.

On Monday, ITV announced that Dancing on Ice would be taking a break and that there would be no live show this Sunday.

A statement from the broadcaster said: "We felt it prudent to take a week's break at this juncture".

"Each week our production team and cast have delivered a fantastic show during incredibly challenging times," the statement continued. 

"The welfare of all of those involved is important to us and we felt it prudent to take a week's break at this juncture.

"Continuing to make the best TV for our viewers is of paramount importance to us and we look forward to resuming the competition next week, with the show back live on Sunday February 28."

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