'Strictly's' Janette Manrara impressed as Will Bayley dances despite injury

Julia Hunt
Janette Manrara at the Strictly Come Dancing Launch at BBC Broadcasting House in London. (Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

Strictly’s Janette Manrara has said she feels “inspired” by her dance partner Will Bayley after he revealed their training sessions left his foot bleeding.

The pair are hard at work fine-tuning their routines for the BBC competition, and it seems Paralympian Bayley might have been pushing himself a little too hard.

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Manrara posted a video on Instagram showing Bayley taking off his shoe to show his bloodied foot.

“I know I should be more of a supportive partner but Will just said his feet hurt and I said, 'Do you want to take your shoes off for five minutes?’” she said.

"And this is what it's like," said the professional dancer, moving the camera to show off Bayley’s blood-soaked sock.

“Will, you are bleeding! You are bleeding through your socks!” she exclaimed.

However, Bayley appeared to be unruffled, saying gleefully: “I'm a real dancer now!"

“Wow!! What a hard worker!” Manrara captioned her post on Instagram.

“Cannot believe he was pushing through w/ this!”

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She also assured fans that Bayley was not badly hurt.

“Nothing serious everyone!” she said.

“Just a small scratch from his nail rubbing against his toe, but it did bleed!

“He only noticed when I suggested he could give his feet a break from his shoes!”

Will Bayley at the Strictly Come Dancing Launch at BBC Broadcasting House in London. (Photo by Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

She went on: “I cannot say enough how impressive this mans attitude is.

“Feeling so inspired by him everyday! What a champ! Love ya @willbayleytt & thank you for working so hard!

“We’ve got this champ!!”

Bayley returned the compliments, posting a message on his own Instagram saying that Manrara was “the perfect teammate and incredibly patient and supportive”.

“Can’t wait to perform this dance with you champ,” he said.