Will Bayley not returning to Strictly tonight after heartbreaking injury news

Will Bayley won't be returning to Strictly Come Dancing tonight after discovering that his freak knee injury could take six months to recover.

The Paralympian, 31, was given a bye for last Saturday's show after injuring himself just hours before the live show.

However his scans this week showed that he wouldn't be able be able to perform again.

This means that there will be three couples in the final, rather than four, as he will not be replaced .

On Tuesday, Will broke down in tears on the BBC show's spin-off It Takes Two and confirmed the news.

Speaking to host Zoe Ball, he said that he was "shocked" about the outcome and was incredibly emotional after watching their time on the show in a VT.

He said: "It's really gutting isn't it? Because I didn't want it to end like this."

He added: "There were so many positive things as well… some of the lifts were amazing and I didn't think I'd be able to do this."

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"I was scared of embarrassing myself and she believed in me," Will said, beginning to get choked up. "I just wanted to help people."

Zoe and Janette insisted that he did as he broke down in tears, prompting the pro dancer to grab a tissue and wipe away his tears.

"[My injury] is not because of my disability," he insisted emotionally. "I don't want people to be put off dancing."

Speaking to Will at the end of the interview. Janette said: "Thank you for trusting me, thank you for being one of the best best partners on the show."

*Strictly airs tonight at 7pm on BBC One

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