DWTS' Ralph Macchio to Compete Despite Serious Injuries

Entertainment May. 9, 2011 AT 2:34PM
DWTS' Ralph Macchio to Compete Despite Serious Injuries Credit: ABC/BOB D'AMICO

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Dancing with the Stars contestant Ralph Macchio missed out on four days of rehearsal due to injury, but he's still planning to compete on Monday night's show.

His DWTS partner, Karina Smirnoff, tweeted Monday morning: "[Ralph] had a Baker's cyst rupture behind his knee with severe inflammation and tendonitis. We are doing everything we can to be ok for tonight." 

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Smirnoff, 33, added: "We lost four days of rehearsals. But I couldn't be more proud of Ralph Macchio and his will and desire to continue through pain. Please pray for us." 

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Macchio, 49, predicted his Monday night performance would be "rough around the edges without [rehearsal] time."

"But performing with Karina Smirnoff for you guys is the highlight of every week," he added. "Hanging in!"

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