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Strictly’s Debbie McGee ‘strapping hot water bottles to her back’ as pulled muscles threaten her place in competition

STRICTLY favourite Debbie McGee is at risk of being forced to pull out of the live shows after training has left her with a back injury.

The 59-year-old magician’s assistant has become a hot favourite to take the glitterball thanks to her sizzling performances with Giovanni Pernice.

 Debbie's Strictly future is reportedly in jeopardy after hurting herself in rehearsals Debbie's Strictly future is reportedly in jeopardy after hurting herself in rehearsals

However, according to the Mirror, she is now “hoping on a miracle” to get to the Blackpool dancefloor on Saturday, after pulling muscles while rehearsing.

Her sister Donna revealed to the paper: “She has been suffering – she had a hot water bottle on her back all week. It’s really been playing up.”

Donna even revealed that the strain was occurring during her performance last Saturday, where she earned a 35 for her performance with the 27-year-old Italian hunk.

But despite the threat of her back being thrown out completely, Debbie is persistent in her quest to become champion of this year’s series.

 The star hasn't been afraid to try a string of mindblowing tricks with GiovanniBBC The star hasn't been afraid to try a string of mindblowing tricks with Giovanni  Debbie is apparently rehearsing in agony after pulling a muscleBBC Debbie is apparently rehearsing in agony after pulling a muscle

Debbie has been making waves on the BBC dancing competition thanks to her complete trust in her professional other half, Giovanni.

And when quizzed about how she gets through each dance, the star's answer came down to him.

 Despite the pain, Debbie is determined to carry onGetty Images Despite the pain, Debbie is determined to carry on Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice dance the Charleston on Strictly Come Dancing

She told The Mirror: "I just look into Giovanni's eyes and that is it. I don't think about anything else but the dance."

Giovanni recently gushed about the connection he has with Debbie, saying: “I’ve got the winning partner, not just in this competition, but for the rest of my life.

“Debbie has to be the best person I’ve met in this country so far. She is just amazing.”

 Debbie has performed a string of scary and tricky kicks and lifts - and now it might cost her Debbie has performed a string of scary and tricky kicks and lifts – and now it might cost her Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice dance the Tango on Strictly Come Dancing

The pair are due to compete against their seven other competitors at the iconic Blackpool dance hall this weekend.

They will be performing a samba to a Spice Girls Medley – dancing to classic hits Wannabe and Who Do You Think You Are.

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