DENISE Van Outen looked down in the dumps as she left the doctors with her injured shoulder in a sling after dropping out of Dancing On Ice.
The 46-year-old was close to tears as she spoke on the phone outside the London clinic where she was getting medical advice earlier today.
Shortly afterwards, Denise – who dislocated her shoulder before the series even launched – was forced to quit the show because of her injury.
The entertainer revealed a recent MRI scan has now shown that her injury is more severe than initially thought.
Olympian Amy Tinkler will be taking her place in the competition.
Sharing a photo of herself alongside pro partner Matt Evers, Denise wrote o Instagram: "GUTTED! If you’ve been watching @dancingonice you will be aware that just over a week ago I had a nasty fall and injured my shoulder.
"I managed to skate my first dance with @themattevers on the live show through a gritted smile because the pain was unbearable. I’ve tried as hard as I can to carry on because I love the show and the amazing team in front and behind the cameras.
"Initially we thought with rest I could make a return to the ice, but a recent MRI scan has shown that I have three bone fractures as well as a partial dislocation. OUCH! No wonder I’ve been in agony.
"I won’t be able to do any lifts, tricks or solo skating on the show due to my injury. I’m going to bail out gracefully with my DOI bling sling. @themattevers has been the most incredible support and skate partner (a true friend) and I’m so grateful for his expertise in teaching me (ice virgin) the basics."
The blonde beauty went on to reinforce her disappointment at leaving the competition, adding: "I just wish I was well enough to learn all the fabulous tricks my injury won’t allow me to do.
"Chair dancing on Ice with a massive pie won’t get us points on the leader board.
"I’m actually proud of what I’ve achieved (not much, lowest scores so far) .
"If you don’t mind I’m going to give myself a couple of points for bravery for doing cartwheels on Ice at 46 with broken bones."
She concluded: "I wish all the celebs, pros and judges the best of luck for the rest of the series. I’m rooting for you all. Bunch of legends".
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