The professional dancer suffered a broken leg this week after a training session with Johnny Ball – the oldest contestant in Strictly.. history – ended in disaster.
Vilani – who won last year’s series with McFly singer Harry Judd – was taken to hospital, where doctors explained that she’d suffered a hairline fracture to her ankle.
Vilani has been told that she won’t be able to dance for a month, which means that a replacement dancer will be partnering Ball for the opening weeks.
The accident happened when Ball, 74, made a wrong turn during their routine. The damage is not career threatening, but Vilani has been banned from dancing until she can see a consultant next week. It is expected that she will have to rest her ankle for up to a month.
A friend of Vilani said: “‘Aliona and Johnny were rehearsing today when Johnny pulled Aliona in the wrong direction and twisted her knee and right ankle – she immediately felt a pop in her leg. She was in terrible pain and couldn’t walk on the leg.”
Strictly Come Dancing kicks-off on Friday 5th October and stars Olympic athletes Louis Smith and Victoria Pendleton as well as a host of other celebrities.