Joe Swash has revealed that he had to have an emergency operation on a horror ear injury after being rushed to hospital after Dancing On Ice training.
The 38-year-old former EastEnders star said he has to wear a large bandage until the final of the ITV skating show on Sunday and that he is now a source of amusement for his friends, family and colleagues.
Joe will skate against Perri Kiely and Libby Clegg in a bid to win Dancing On Ice and admitted he would have liked a bit more sympathy after his ear was caught by his partner Alex Murphy's skate as they rehearsed a roly poly move on the ice earlier this week.
His ear swelled up and he had to be rushed to hospital for an emergency operation in which his ear was drained.
Joe's injury was revealed on Tuesday when his partner Stacey Solomon posted a video of him returning home from training with the dressing covering his ear and head, and in another post she said she was "crying with laughter" over it.
Speaking ahead of the final, Swash said: "I've knocked the ear and it's like a cauliflower ear, it just got swollen and they had to drain it and cut it a little bit.
"But the bad thing is I've got to keep (the bandage) on until Sunday. I'm going to have to take it off for the show, but I've got to keep it on all week.
"I did say to them, 'Is it not a little bit overkill?' And they were like, 'No, it's the only way we can bandage an ear'."
He joked: "I'd have loved to have had a bit of sympathy from people.
"I phoned up Alex and Dan Whiston (Dancing On Ice's associate creative director) and they just laughed at me.
"My mum phoned me and made me go round the house just so she could see it and have a laugh.
"Then Stacey phoned me going, 'Where are you?' and then she did a whole build-up (on Instagram ) saying, 'I don't know where Joe is'.
"And then I turned up and she had the camera straight in my face!"
The former I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star said he is still in pain due to an incision having to be made in the back of his ear.
He said: "When I started this process, the last thing I thought I was going to hurt was my ear."
Professional skater Murphy said: "I've never had that injury happen, I've done these roly polys before and it's never happened ever, with anyone, only with Joe."
She added: "It wouldn't be a final if something hadn't gone wrong for us."
*Dancing On Ice final airs at 6pm on Sunday on ITV.
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