GMTV's Underwood crashes out of Dancing On Ice after breaking ankle in training

Last updated at 01:05 25 January 2008

GMTV presenter Michael Underwood has pulled out of ITV1's Dancing On Ice after breaking his ankle during training.

Underwood was practising his routine with partner Melanie Lambert on Wednesday night when he fell awkwardly.

He was taken to hospital where X-rays revealed the fracture.

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The presenter said he was "devastated" to be leaving the show.

"I was really upset but now I'm trying to put it all into perspective," he said.

"I have worked so hard and I am hoping that the people at home will see I have improved over time from week one to week two, and I would have hopefully improved from week three.

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"I think that's the thing that hurt the most, I put in all this effort and time

and I just wanted to prove I could do it - I just haven't got the chance now."

The accident happened during a training session at Elstree, Herts.

Underwood said: "It's a clean break - there are two bones going down your leg that are attached to your ankle - one of them for me has snapped.

"The good thing is it hasn't become unaligned, it's still in alignment and should set fine.

"Hopefully, according to the doctor, there won't be any long-term damage."

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And he joked: "I would like to be be able to tell you it was something amazing, like some triple axle that I tried to do and failed - but all I was doing was trying to stop!"

The GMTV presenter will be in the audience cheering on the other contestants in Sunday night's live show.

"It's going to be hard but I want to be there to support them," he said.

An ITV spokeswoman said: "The whole team are sad to see Michael leave the competition in this way and wish him a speedy recovery."

Viewers can see Underwood's fall on Saturday's show.