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The Jump loses FOURTH contestant to injury as Mark-Francis Vandelli fractures ankle

Mark-Francis Vandelli

Made In Chelsea star Mark-Francis Vandelli has become the fourth celebrity to leave The Jump after fracturing his ankle.

The 26-year-old was taken to hospital after injuring himself in a tumble during the Snow Cross challenge on Sunday’s show and will not be returning to the competition.

Mark-Francis Vandelli has exited The Jump

Mark-Francis Vandelli has exited The Jump (Ian Derry/Channel 4) A Channel 4 spokeswoman said: “Whilst racing during the show on Sunday evening, Mark-Francis fell, injuring his ankle. He received immediate medical attention, but sadly will not be able to continue in the competition due to an ankle fracture which has now been treated.”

Fellow contestant Brian McFadden sparked speculation that Mark-Francis had undergone an operation when he posted a now-deleted picture of the reality star on a hospital bed.


According to the Mirror, he captioned the picture: “Even post surgery @MarkVandelli looks like a Versace model!!!”

On Monday night, Mark-Francis posted a picture on Instagram of him sightseeing in Innsbruck, Austria, but did not mention his injury.

His withdrawal sees him join a long list of injured celebrities forced to pull out the winter sports show.

Competitor Beth Tweddle, 30, remains in hospital following neck surgery which involved having a piece of bone taken from her hip after a fall on the slopes during rehearsals for the latest series of the winter sports show.

Fellow Olympian Rebecca Adlington and Holby City actress Tina Hobley have also withdrawn because of injury, while athlete Linford Christie has been forced to take time out due to a hamstring injury but hopes to return to the show.


Channel 4 has confirmed it will review safety procedures on the show.

A Channel 4 spokeswoman said: “The Jump is now in its third series and since launch 46 celebrities have taken part successfully. Though it is a new course, the events have been designed to be no more difficult than in previous years and all contributors have undertaken a rigorous training programme to prepare them for the show.

“All winter sports carry some element of risk but in light of the number of injuries this year, Channel 4 has asked the producers to review safety procedures again to further reduce the prospect of accident.”

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The Wanted’s Tom Parker and Heather Mills have been drafted in as replacements so far (Ian Derry/Channel 4) Beth described the last 48 hours as 'very scary' after the operation which saw surgeons take a bone from her hip and use it along with pins to fuse together two fractured vertebrae in her neck.

Her exit follows that of Rebecca, 26, who withdrew on medical advice after a shoulder injury. She told host Davina McCall the fall was 'literally the worst thing that has ever happened to me, it was worse than childbirth'.

And Tina, 44, also quit after she dislocated her elbow and suffered two fractures to her arm.


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