The former Strictly Come Dancing pro, who skated to victory on Sunday’s finale of the ITV show, was left in agony after he fell on his arm during rehearsals, leaving him with a subluxed shoulder (that’s a partial dislocation to me and you).
While he managed to perform in the final, James revealed he is facing an operation to repair it.
Speaking to The Sun, he said: “When I woke up on Sunday morning I said to producers, ‘I’m out. I’m not going to be able to perform because of my shoulder’. I could not lift my arm.
“Sharon, the show’s physio, is the only reason I got to perform on the night. I said to her, ‘Do whatever you can to get me through those three dances and I’ll love you for ever’, and she did.
“Now I’m going to need surgery.”
James underplayed his injury during Sunday’s live final, and told host Holly Willoughby off when she brought it up before he received his first set of judges critiques.
During his time on the show, James suffered a number of other injuries, including a hernia, tennis elbow and lower back pain.
Meanwhile, runner-up Wes has stuck up for James, after some viewers suggested he was not a deserving winner due to his extensive dance experience.
Speaking on Loose Women, Wes insisted: “It’s not fair that he’s getting stick. He has come so far on the show.”
Wes added: “I saw James on the ice and I can tell you, the ice is a leveller. It’s a complete leveller.
“He may have been a dancer on the floor in Strictly, but he’s not an ice skater. Figure-skating is a completely different sport and he’s done so, so well.”
James served as a professional dancer for eight series of Strictly, until he departed in 2014, later claiming he’d been sacked due to a series of comments about the show.