Ugo Monye has announced he will not be able to compete on Strictly Come Dancing this week because of back problems.

The former rugby player had been due to take to the dancefloor with partner Oti Mabuse, but will be absent from the show for a week.

The news comes just a day after comedian Robert Webb and partner Dianne Buswell withdrew from the show over the TV star's ill health.

Monye wrote on Twitter: "Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to dance this weekend on the show.

"I have a history of back problems which has always been managed under the guidance of medical professionals.

"Unfortunately this has been causing me some unwanted problems this week!

"I have been advised by medical professionals and with huge support from Strictly to get some treatment & rest to ensure that I can get myself back to full capacity & fighting fit for next week.

"Gutted Oti & I won’t be dancing this weekend but wishing all the other contestants the best of luck & will be cheering them on from home!"

Mabuse said on Instagram the Strictly producers "have been so supportive in helping him get better".

Ugo Monye and Oti Mabuse

She added that "we are doing all we can to get Ugo back on his fast feet and dancing again".

Peep Show star Webb, who had open heart surgery two years ago, announced he was pulling out of the programme on Wednesday evening, saying he was advised by a doctor to quit after he had "begun to feel symptoms" while training.

Last weekend McFly star Tom Fletcher and partner Amy Dowden returned to the dancefloor after testing positive for coronavirus.

The duo missed a week of shows while they were self-isolating.