Maksim Chmerkovskiy suffered a calf injury while rehearsing with his Dancing With the Stars partner Heather Morris last week, and the pro had to sit out weeks two and three of the ABC competition series as a result.
During Monday's show, the pro was in the ballroom as support for Morris and his fiancée, Peta Murgatroyd, telling the audience, “I’m hoping for a full comeback [by the] end of this week and then we’ll start rehearsing."
Backstage, Entertainment Tonight spoke to a few of Chmerkovskiy's fellow pro dancers to get the scoop on what the show has been like without him, with Chmerkovskiy's brother, Val Chmerkovskiy, sharing that things haven't quite been the same without his older sibling.
“I was surprised. I'm overestimating his age, I guess. But he looked great. I hope he's back soon. It's not the same without him,” Val said. "We're each other's biggest fans. I'm his biggest fan, he's my biggest fan [since] way before the competition. So we compete, but we compete with each other, not against each other."
Murgatroyd added that she was also pleased to see Maks back in the ballroom. “It was nice having him here," she said. "He's going to be back soon I think… I don't know if he'll be dancing next week, but the next week after he will definitely be dancing.”
Pro Sharna Burgess, who previously dealt with a knee injury on the show, understands Maks' struggle.
“I love having him back here so quickly. He saw the same doctor that I did last season when I hurt my knee,” she said. “I know he was in the best hands possible and hopefully we'll see him back soon.”
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