Dancing On Ice pro Yebin Mok has said she’s ‘absolutely gutted’ to be missing the first few weeks of the competition after a ‘freak accident’ in training.
The skater, 34, who was set to perform with Olympic skier Graham Bell, lacerated her leg on Monday and is now undergoing physio after having an operation.
Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, Yebin appeared to be in good spirits as she said she’ll be cheering for her partner ‘like a nervous mom at the side of the rink’ when he competes with her replacement Karina Mantra.
‘Absolutely gutted’: Dancing On Ice pro Yebin Mok has said she’s ‘bummed’ to be missing the first few weeks of the competition after a ‘freak accident’ in training with Graham Bell
Yebin penned: ‘Absolutely gutted I won’t be able to skate on @dancingonice with Graham these couple of weeks.
‘Graham and I had a freak accident during our practice on Monday where his blade went into my shin.
‘Such unlucky timing but also counting my lucky stars as I cut through the muscles, and not nerves, bone, vessels or tendons! How I didn’t cut any of that they say is a miracle.’
The professional skater continued: ‘Just insanely bummed about not being able to showcase Graham’s amazing journey together after such long hard months of training, but I know he’s in great hands with @karinamanta to step in until I can get back on the ice, and I know he’s a fighter so he will do all he can to do his very best!
Worrying: The skater will be out for ‘quite a few weeks’ while she recovers following the ‘freak accident’ which saw Graham’s blade go into her shin (pictured after the incident)
‘Continue to vote for @skigraham and Karina! I’ll just be a nervous mom at the side of the rink with multiple devices to vote for them!’
Turning her attentions to recovery, Yebin added: ‘I’ll do my very best to heal and recover as quickly as I can with our physio, Sharon who is the best of the best, and if anyone can get me on the ice, it’s her!
‘And I’ll be ready to skate with Graham if the fate allows it, so keep voting for him and here’s to hoping for the best on this unexpected bumpy road.’
Yebin’s injury means Graham will make his skating debut next Sunday instead of this weekend with a new partner Karina, and comedian Rufus Hound’s first performance will be brought forward to take his place.
Statement: Yebin added that she’ll be ‘like a nervous mom at the side of the rink’ when she supports her celeb partner on Sunday
Speaking after the injury, Graham told MailOnline: ‘I fell when we were training on Monday and Yebin my pro-dance partner fell onto the back of my skate.
‘She was cut quite badly on the shin and needed an operation to clean and stitch up the wound. She spent Monday night in Watford hospital and was released yesterday, luckily there was no nerve or tendon damage.
‘She has been told two to four weeks before she can skate again, so Dancing on Ice have organised for a replacement, Karina Mantra, to come in for the first few performances.
‘It’s going to be really tough learning our routines again with someone new, but Yebin will be on hand to coach us both. It is now a massive incentive for me to stay in the show so that I can get Yebin back on the ice!’
Worrying: Following the accident, Yebin was left in agony as she was treated by medical staff, and ITV confirmed she is now resting and healing at home
Dancing On Ice hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield made the announcement during Wednesday’s This Morning.
Holly said: ‘This week Graham Bell and his partner Yebin had a freak accident which resulted in her having a laceration on her leg.’
The presenting duo added that they had a Zoom meeting with Yebin following the accident and got a glimpse of the nasty injury, which they couldn’t show on air.
Holly confessed she couldn’t even look at the injury, and squirmed as Phillip described the details.
Scary: Dancing On Ice hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield made the announcement about Yebin having to miss the show during Wednesday’s This Morning
Upsetting: Phillip added that Yebin (pictured following the injury) will be out of the show for ‘quite a few weeks’ while she recovers
He said: ‘We had a Zoom meeting yesterday with the team and they showed us a picture that we can not show you on TV.
‘Holly couldn’t even look at it, she had to look away – and it was a very nasty stab wound from an ice blade. You could see the tendons, it’s a very dangerous show.’
It was then announced that due to the accident Graham would not take part in the first live show, which was set to see the first six couples make their skating debut.
Instead Rufus and his professional partner Robin Johnstone will perform during the live launch show on Sunday, and Graham will skate the following week with Karina.
Phillip added that Yebin will be out of the show for ‘quite a few weeks’ while she recovers.
Changes: The injury means Graham will make his skating debut next Sunday, and comedian Rufus Hound’s first performance will be brought forward to take his place
ITV later confirmed that Yebin received ‘immediate medical attention’ and is now recovering at home.
The news comes just days before the new series of Dancing On Ice is set to begin, with Jason Donavon, Joe Warren-Plant, Denise Van Outen, Rebekah Vardy and Lady Leshurr joining Rufus making their skating debut.
It also comes just hours after it was reported that bosses were tightening restrictions after learning five crew members had tested positive for COVID-19.
According to reports, show bosses are set to introduce stricter restrictions on set as a result of the outbreak so that the show can open as planned on Sunday night.
It was also claimed that crew members behind the scenes are concerned about others contracting COVID-19, but they are taking every precaution to ensure this doesn’t happen.
Outbreak: It comes just hours after it was reported that bosses were tightening restrictions after learning five crew members had tested positive for COVID-19 (pictured Rebekah Vardy)
A source speaking to The Sun claimed: ‘More than five members of production are isolating because of Covid right now — it’s become a nightmare.’
The insider went on to say that stars have been urged to remain cautious after the virus hit several members of production, as they added: ‘They’re now enforcing even stricter regulations.
‘But while there are concerns about further people having to isolate, bosses are confident they have put all the precautions in place to safely be able to get the show on air.’
A spokesperson for the show told MailOnline: ‘The welfare of everyone who works on Dancing On Ice is our first priority.
Worries: It was also claimed bosses are concerned about others contracting COVID-19, but they are taking every precaution to ensure this doesn’t happen (pictured Myleene Klass)
‘We have had a robust set of measures in place ever since work on the series commenced in order to operate safely within Covid-19 guidelines and to ensure the wellbeing of everyone connected with the production.’
The new series of Dancing On Ice will see the judges protected by perspex screens and no studio audience amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Images of the ITV show’s studios revealed large screens have been placed in front of the judges chairs to shield Ashley Banjo, John Barrowman, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.
For the first time in its history the studio at Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire will have no audience, a move mirroring that of Strictly Come Dancing.
The skating celebrities will also watch each other perform from socially-distanced tables to keep everyone safe from COVID-19.
On soon: Dancing On Ice 2021 begins on Sunday at 6pm on ITV
Dancing On Ice 2021: Who are the celebrities?
Profession: Musician and radio host
Myleene says: ‘My girls have always wanted me to do this but I’ve always been too scared someone will skate over my fingers!’
Profession: Actor and singer, best know for playing Scott Robinson in Neighbours
Jason says: ‘To be able to learn a skill and spend some time focused is quite exciting, and I’m looking forward to seeing you guys.’
Profession: Actress best known for her role as Kate Connor in Coronation Street
Faye says: ‘I’m so excited! The producers get to know you and this is the first time I think people are just going to see me, not being a character… Just being me – Faye!’
Profession: Former sprint and hurdling athlete, who has since carved out a career as a TV personality
Colin says: ‘You go out there, you enjoy yourself and you learn a new skill and to hone the skill of skating will just be a huge, huge plus. I’m looking forward to it.’
Profession: TV personality
Rebekah says: ‘I’m really looking forward to getting my teeth into that. I’m going to give my 100% effort for it all.’
Rufus says: ‘I’m doing it for the money. I don’t know if you’ve heard but about six months ago this global pandemic hit and made just about everything I’ve ever done to earn a pound note disappear!’
DENISE VAN OUTEN
Profession: Performer and presenter, best known for The Big Breakfast
Denise says: ‘I’m really excited. Finally, I get to tell people. I’ve kept this a secret from most of my friends and family. Betsy [her daughter] doesn’t even know….’
Profession: Singer and radio presenter, best known for his daily Breakfast Show on Capital Radio
Sonny says: ‘I don’t want to fall over, not in front of the nation. I don’t want to be a meme the next day!’
Profession: Actor best known for his role as Jacob Gallagher in Emmerdale
Joe-Warren says: ‘I’m super excited. I’m glad I have the time off Emmerdale to really focus on training…’
Profession: Former Olympic skier, who is also a TV presenter, adventurer and journalist
Graham says: ‘Ice doesn’t scare me, it’s the dancing… [My experience was confined to] ‘dancing on tables, wearing ski boots in après ski. It’s not graceful and elegant!’
Lady says: ‘I’m petrified, (but) I’ve always wanted to ice skate so what’s better than doing it in front of millions of people.’
Profession: Television personality
Billie says: ‘I am soooo excited to announce that I will be taking part. I still can’t believe I am actually doing it!!’