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Gazza out of Come Dancing special
Paul Gascoigne
Paul Gascoigne suffered plenty of injuries during his football career
Ex-footballer Paul Gascoigne has been forced to pull out of a Christmas ice-skating special of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing because of an injury.

He will be replaced by another former England star, goalkeeper David Seaman.

"The problem is, I've been training with Jimmy Five Bellies and we kept arguing over who would be Torvill and who would be Dean," Gascoigne joked.

"In trying to lift him, a terrible accident occurred and I fell to the ice - unlike Jane Torvill, he's 16 stone."

He said the training for the ice skating contest had taken such a toll that he had to check himself into hospital for treatment.

The festive special, which substitutes ballroom dancing for ice-skating, will also see EastEnders actress Scarlett Johnson and Liberty X's Jessica Taylor take to the rink.

Nearing the end

This is the second time Gascoigne has failed to appear on a celebrity reality TV show, after originally being lined up to take part in I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here before producers rejected him.

But the former Tottenham and Newcastle favourite did take part in a celebrities-versus-professionals football show for Sky One earlier this year, called The Match.

Gascoigne added: "I'm obviously gutted that I'm not going to win Strictly Ice Dancing."

The Strictly Come Dancing series is now nearing its climax, with just three celebrities and their professional partners remaining following the departure of Aled Jones on Saturday.

Still challenging for the title are EastEnders' Jill Halfpenny, athlete Denise Lewis and comic Julian Clary.

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