Dancing With the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy suffered a major calf injury while rehearsing with partner Heather Morris ahead of this week's episode of the ABC competition show, and was forced to sit out the week as a result.
Chmerkovskiy has since received treatment for his injury but will be absent for the third week of the show as well. To help ease his partner's worries, the pro appeared in a video on Friday's Good Morning America to talk to Morris, reassuring her that they still have a shot at winning the show.
"I still feel like we have a chance and you deserve it," he told Morris. "I want to give you 150% effort and, you know, as physically active, you know, at my best when nothing hurt."
"I want to come back and win," he added.
A source previously told Entertainment Tonight that Chmerkovskiy tore his calf muscle "pretty badly."
"He told everyone he will be back in a couple of weeks but that isn't true, it's a lot worse than everyone initially thought," the source said. "Doctors are insisting that Maks sit out for at least a month, but knowing Maks he will try and rush it and get back into the competition."
Morris will be partnered by Alan Bersten in Chmerkovskiy's absence. This week, the pair performed a jive to Little Mix's "Grown," earning three eights from judges Julianne Hough, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba and a six by Len Goodman, earning them a score of 30 out of 40.
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