Natalie’s future on Strictly Come Dancing to be confirmed this afternoon

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Embargoed to 2030 Saturday October 12. ''For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only. ''BBC handout photo of Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvinstev performing during rehearsals for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday October 12, 2013. See PA story SHOWBIZ Strictly. Photo credit should read: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire ''NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.

Colne star Natalie Gumede will find out this afternoon whether she is able to dance in tomorrow’s Strictly Come Dancing.

The former Coronation Street actress, who was born in Burnley, suffered a back injury on Tuesday - putting her future on the BBC programme in jeopardy.

She had fallen over while practising the quickstep with Artem Chigvintsev and yesterday had to spend time receiving treatment.

This morning she tweeted: “Well that was a scary 72 hours! An epidural, steroid and nerve block injections and some lovely painkillers later &..... I’m saddling up for a canter around the paddock with @artemchigvintse today and will hopefully get the all clear this afternoon to.... Dance tomorrow. Thanks for all your well wishes from the bottom of my heart! Strictly fans are the best! Xxxx”

Natalie (29) topped last week’s leaderboard with her captivating rumba, and is the hot favourite to win the coveted glitterball trophy.