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Dancing on Ice star Jason Donovan has been forced to pull out of the show this week after suffering from back problems.

Jason has said in a statement: "I’ve had back pain the past couple of days and I’m under doctor's orders to take it easy and sit this week out.

"I’m resting up, I’ll be watching from home and cheering everyone on and I look forward to returning next week".

However, he hopes to be back on the ice next weekend.

The competition rules state that celebs are allowed to sit out for a week without having to leave the competition permanently.

Jason's injury comes after a string of other incidents on the show, after Joe Warren-Plant and Vanessa Bauer were forced to drop out of the show after they tested positive for COVID.

He has been the fifth star to bow out of the show so far.

Not only did Joe have to pull out, Billie Faiers also had to leave the competition after suffering from concussion following a fall in training.

She was told she was too injured to continue, which came after her missing a show following the death of her beloved grandmother.

Before that, Denise van Outen was forced to withdraw from the competition after a nasty fall which left her in "unbearable" pain.

After suffering a fall during training, she suffered three fractures in her arm and partially dislocated her shoulder.

Whilst she managed to compete in the first show of the year, she was later told by doctors that she was too injured to continue.

Comedian Rufus Hound also had to drop out of the show after testing positive for COVID, and never used his Golden Ticket which he won in the first show.

Both of the reserves for the show have been used – Olympic gymnast Amy Tinkler replaced Denise, while presenter Matt Richardson stepped in for Rufus.

Dancing on Ice continues tonight at 6pm on ITV.

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