A Strictly Come Dancing star was rushed to hospital with a lung infection just hours before tonight’s show.1brendProfessional dancer Brendan Cole, who is partnering singer Anastacia in this year’s competition, said he has been cleared to perform but might be “coughing and spluttering” during the pair’s rumba.

In a post on Twitter, the professional dancer said: “Had to take myself to A&E as I couldn’t breath (sic) very well so not enough oxogen (sic) getting through.” Cole praised the care he had received as “incredible”.

“NHS Doc’s, Nurses & staff are phenomenal. Thank you for looking after me in the wee hours. Lung infection now under control so thank you. All fine for tonight though. Might just be a little coughing and spluttering during our rumba,” he added.

The pair will be dancing the rumba to The Way We Were by Barbra Streisand in Saturday night’s show.