05/11/2015 06:18 GMT | Updated 05/11/2015 06:59 GMT

‘Strictly Come Dancing': Jay McGuiness And Dance Partner Aliona Vilani Battling Injuries Ahead Of This Week's Live Show

'Strictly Come Dancing' favourites Jay McGuiness and his dance partner Aliona Vilani are both battling injuries sustained during rehearsals ahead of this weekend’s live shows.


Aliona was left nursing a sore head - literally - after Jay kicked her not once, but twice, as they practiced the Argentine Tango.

And Jay isn’t faring much better, after an old knee injury flared up.

Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani

A show source told The Mirror: “It has all been going very smoothly for Jay and it looked like he would foxtrot to the final.

“But this week has been filled with problems. He can’t get his head round the steps and has kicked Aliona a few times. They’ve barely completed it correctly at all.

“Now Jay’s knee is leaving him in real pain too so they can’t work too hard. He’s starting to feel the pressure.”

Despite his injuries, one person has plenty of faith in Jay’s abilities on the dancefloor after betting £30,000 on the former Wanted singer to win this year’s ‘Strictly’.

The Ladbrokes customer, who’s described as a “high-rolling ‘Strictly’ superfan”, has spilled the beans on his decision to risk the cash, stating: “I've had my eye on Jay from the off. He's an absolute certainty as far as I'm concerned and he's going to pay for Christmas and the New Year."

Fingers crossed that knee injury heals, then.

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