Strictly: Will Bayley supports show from the sidelines after quitting

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He was forced to quit Strictly Come Dancing after suffering an excruciating knee injury during last week's rehearsals. 

Yet that didn't stop Will Bayley from supporting his fellow contestants as he sat in the audience on Saturday's episode.  

The paralympic table tennis star, 31, praised his dancing partner Janette Manrara for being 'like a rock' after his 'incredible experience' came to an end, leaving the professional in tears.

Brave face: Will Bayley supported his fellow contestants as he sat in the audience on Saturday's episode of Strictly Come Dancing after quitting the show following a knee injury

Brave face: Will Bayley supported his fellow contestants as he sat in the audience on Saturday's episode of Strictly Come Dancing after quitting the show following a knee injury 

Will, who was born with arthrogryposis, which affects all four of his limbs, jumped off a box with a straight knee while practising the jive in the Strictly studio last Friday, causing him to crash to the ground in agony.

He described hearing his knee 'pop' and thought he had broken his leg before a doctor told him he had torn his anterior cruciate ligament.

On Saturday he said: 'I am so gutted but it’s so good to be here to support everyone, they’re all smashing it tonight. 

Emotional: The paralympic table tennis star, 31, praised his dancing partner Janette Manrara for being 'like a rock' after his 'incredible experience' came to an end, leaving the professional in tears

Emotional: The paralympic table tennis star, 31, praised his dancing partner Janette Manrara for being 'like a rock' after his 'incredible experience' came to an end, leaving the professional in tears

Sweet: On Saturday he said: 'I am so gutted but it’s so good to be here to support everyone, they’re all smashing it tonight. I feel like I’ve had the most support throughout this whole process, the least I can do is come back and I’m proud to watch you guys.'

Sweet: On Saturday he said: 'I am so gutted but it’s so good to be here to support everyone, they’re all smashing it tonight. I feel like I’ve had the most support throughout this whole process, the least I can do is come back and I’m proud to watch you guys.'

'I feel like I’ve had the most support throughout this whole process, the least I can do is come back and I’m proud to watch you guys.'

Will was given a week's pass before he had to withdraw from the competition completely when his injury meant he would have to miss another live show.

His knee is in a splint and all he can do is wait for the results of further scans to see if he will require surgery — which may yet have a devastating impact on his sporting career.

Emotional: Will was given a week's pass before he had to withdraw from the competition completely when his injury meant he would have to miss another live show (pictured on October 20)

Emotional: Will was given a week's pass before he had to withdraw from the competition completely when his injury meant he would have to miss another live show (pictured on October 20) 

He added: 'It’s getting there I want to see what it’s like in a couple of weeks but I’ll be there in Tokyo I want to try and win that

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