Strictly’s Maisie Smith worries fans with painful leg bruises in stunning snap with Gorka

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Maisie Smith has always been open about just how gruelling those Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals are – and she's got bruises to show for it.

The EastEnders star, 19, left fans worried with her recent Instagram offering as they spotted blue bruises around her knee, proving that she doesn't take training lightly.

Sharing a series of snaps with pro dance partner Gorka Marquez on Instagram, Maisie penned: "If you shout 'pose' THIS is what you’re gunna get.."

Fans rushed to the comments section to share their concerns for Maisie's bruises, while others swooned over her glowing appearance.

"You were not kidding about the bruises," wrote one fan.

Maisie posed up a storm alongside Gorka in her latest Instagram offering
(Image: Instagram)

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Another wrote: "Ouch! That looks painful Maisie…"

While a third added: "Take care of yourself girl! Those bruises are no joke."

It comes as Maisie gave her verdict on why she thinks she's misunderstood by the public.

Fans noticed Maisie's painful leg bruises
(Image: Instagram)

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Maisie ended up in the bottom two for the second time, and thinks she knows why.

The EastEnders star – who is this year's youngest celeb on the hit BBC One dance show – was saved by judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, and Anton Du Beke last weekend.

Her routine with pro partner Gorka Marquez landed her in the dance off against Caroline Quentin, leaving her confidence slightly knocked.

The pair are gearing up to bring their A game to the dance floor this weekend after being in the bottom two twice
(Image: Instagram)

She told OK! mag: "People have said they can't warm to me on Strictly, but I'm so nervous and that can be interpreted as arrogance.

"I'll either go quiet, or I'll go over the top to put on a confident front. It's hard to not let it affect you. I do have to genuinely remind myself to just trust myself, and be me."

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