Strictly’s AJ Pritchard sparks fears he will quit live tour after club attack

AJ Pritchard has sparked fears he may pull out of the Strictly Come Dancing live tour.

The professional dancer is due to travel up and down the country to perform with celebrity partner Lauren Steadman.

However, AJ could have to reassess the situation after he was brutally attacked in a nightclub in his hometown on Boxing Day, but he is determined to carry on.

AJ confessed the horrific assault, which saw eight yobs set upon them in the middle of the dancefloor at Nantwich club Nakatcha, has made him "think twice" about being around large crowds.

His brother Curtis has already been forced to pull out of the Irish version of Dancing With The Stars and faces a minimum of five weeks out of dancing.

Strictly's AJ Pritchard sparks fears he will quit live tour after club attack

AJ has concerns about being around larger crowds of people after the club attack
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Strictly's AJ Pritchard sparks fears he will quit live tour after club attack

AJ will perform on the live tour with dance partner Lauren Steadman
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He had surgery after he was knocked unconscious and suffered a suspected broken nose, blurred vision, a split lip and knee injury.

Reflecting on the attack, AJ said: "Doing our TV show, Strictly, it’s always so positive. It’s never a negative light. The sad thing in this case – if someone comes up for a photo politely I will always say ‘yes’.

"It made me very self aware of putting myself in a scenario with larger crowds. I’m doing the tour with Strictly. It will make me think twice."

Strictly's AJ Pritchard sparks fears he will quit live tour after club attack

The brave brothers opened up on their ordeal
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As it stands AJ is still taking part in the live tour with Paralympian Lauren, who sent a touching message of support to the boys.

Speaking on today’s This Morning, the pair opened up on the attack and the motivation behind it.

AJ said: "I think the really sad thing is we were out to have a good time, see each other as brothers and it came from nowehere. We weren’t there to cause trouble."

When asked about the motives behind the attack, Curtis said: "I can only say it was maybe jealousy. AJ was getting photos from people."

Strictly's AJ Pritchard sparks fears he will quit live tour after club attack

Curtis had crutches and a bandaged knee
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Curtis, who had crutches and a bandage on his knee, revealed that he won’t be able to walk fully for three weeks.

The Irish Dancing With The Stars performer, who should have been training for the new series now, will be in recovery for the next few weeks.

When asked if the attack was deliberately intended to injure his legs because of his career, Curtis said: "I would hate to say that. For somebody to think like that is a horrible thought.

"For someone to intentionally harm someone. I don’t know really.

AJ praised the NHS for looking after his brother and the police for their support during the ordeal.

He added: "As much as it was very violent situation, it happens way too often. It’s sad to know this is a normal thing which has to stop. You can’t just allow people to get away with it."

Strictly's AJ Pritchard sparks fears he will quit live tour after club attack

AJ and Curtis were praised by This Morning viewers
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Horrified This Morning viewers took to Twitter to praise the brothers.

One viewer said: "Can’t believe someone could do this to another person… Get well soon, bud…"

Another added: "It makes me SO ANGRY!!! @Aj11Ace & his lovely brother Curtis DID NOT deserve this. There are horrible people out there They are so nice and sweet, it’s utter jealousy that caused this situation"

A third said: "Horrible hearing @Aj11Ace and @CurtisPritchard talk about the horrendous attack on them a few days ago. Such brave lads, some vile people out there!"

A fourth agreed: "So proud of @Aj11Ace and @CurtisPritchard for having the courage to speak about such a harrowing ordeal on #ThisMorning and raising awareness about violence."

*This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 10.30am

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