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Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Natalie Lowe will no longer participate in the forthcoming series, after fracturing her foot during training.

The 32-year-old Australian dancer is hoping to put in an appearance in this year’s Christmas special but for the main series – which kicks off with a launch show on September, 7 –¬†she will be replaced by Aliona Vilani.

Lowe could, however, appear alongside the professional dancers at some point during the series.

“Not being able to compete with a celebrity partner is so hard,” Lowe told The Sun. “But this series is going to blow everyone away and I cannot wait to get my feet back on the dance floor.”

Vilani who came runner-up in 2010 with Matt Baker confirmed her place on Twitter.

And later said “My heart goes out to Natalie. I wish her a speedy recovery.”

Confirmed celebrities this year include broadcaster Vanessa Feltz and Countdown star Rachel Riley.

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