21/11/2016 10:57 GMT | Updated 21/11/2016 11:13 GMT

Gorka Marquez, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Professional, Has Teeth Knocked Out In Unprovoked Attack

He is set to undergo dental surgery today.

Strictly Come Dancing’ professional Gorka Marquez has lost two teeth after being attacked by a gang of youths in Blackpool.

The assault happened on Saturday night just hours after the Spanish dancer had filmed this year’s special from Blackpool’s tower ballroom.

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Gorka Marquez was paired with 'EastEnders' star Tameka Empson on this year's series.

A BBC spokesman said: “He will be back in training this week and is looking forward to the group routine next weekend.”

Gorka made his ‘Strictly’ debut this year, partnering ‘EastEnders’ actress Tameka Empson, who plays Kim Fox in the BBC soap.

The pair were voted off in the second round but Gorka has continued to appear in the programme as part of the weekly group routines.

He also stepped in to dance with singer Anastacia in week five, when her partner Brendan Cole was taken ill.

This weekend’s ‘Strictly’ saw Olympic athlete Greg Rutherford voted off the show after losing out to Claudia Fragapane in the dance-off.

She will join Danny Mac, Ed Balls, Judge Rinder, Ore Oduba and Louise Redknapp in next week’s show.

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