Craig Revel Horwood has opened up about how he is recovering following his hip replacement surgery commenting: "I'll be dancing about in a couple of weeks.
"I'm doing aqua aerobics every day. The op was a huge success. I'm now double titanium, which is fantastic. I had to deal with pain for eight months but now I am pain-free with a new lease of life.
"I was in the West End doing 'Annie', dancing to 'Easy Street' in heels and corset. It was agonising."
In the interview with the Daily Express newspaper, Craig also let slip news of the Strictly Come Dancing 2018 line-up. "Yes, same judges. Shirley is back with us, which will be great.
"Bruno is back and being more Italian than ever. And of course the fabulous Darcey Bussell.
"I think it is a great team and it was really good last year, I can't wait to get back into it."
However, a spokesperson for the BBC refused to confirm Craig's comments, saying "The full judges line-up will be announced in due course."
Craig's panel news came after Shirley previously admitted she wasn't sure whether or not she'd be asked back as she initially had a mixed response from viewers.
Craig to undergo hip replacement
After it was revealed the dancer is under excruciating pain in his hips "on a daily basis", the 53 year-old Strictly judge is set to go under the knife this week for a second hip replacement in a bid to alleviate his pain.
The Strictly Come Dancing judge first went under the knife back in 2013, but delayed further surgery until he returned home from a P&O Strictly Come Dancing themed cruise last week. Craig revealed he has been experiencing pain in his hips since last summer, but he opted out of having immediate surgery because he knew he'd risk missing the most recent series of Strictly.
He explained to the Daily Mirror newspaoer: "It's just uncomfortable at the moment. It's got worse. Some days I limp, but some days I'm fine."
Craig underwent his first hip replacement after an X-ray revealed he had developed severe osteoarthritis. The professional dancer has a family history of arthritis and osteoporosis and admits that years of pushing his body in the dance studio had finally taken its toll.
He said: "It's all those years of can-cans and dropping the splits. Classical ballet can be quite detrimental to your body."
Despite this, Craig is set to return as Strictly's fiercest judge when the show returns to TV screens later this year.
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