Louise Redknapp rushed to hospital with serious facial injuries

The former Eternal star has had to leave her role in the West End show ‘9 to 5’ after being injured in a freak accident

Louise Redknapp has been forced to pull out of West End musical 9 to 5 after being rushed to hospital.

The former Eternal singer and Strictly Come Dancing star has had no choice but to give up her role in Dolly Parton’s show after suffering a deep gash on her chin and fracturing her left wrist in a freak accident.

She was given urgent treatment for her injuries, but told that she cannot work for at least two months.

It means she’ll miss the show’s opening night in London – set to be attended by Dolly herself – as well as weeks of performances.

A source close to the star told The Sun : “It happened on the way to rehearsals on Tuesday morning. She fell in the street.

“She went to hospital and had stitches. Then doctors told her she needs time out and can’t do the show.

“She is obviously completely devastated because this is a dream role for her. It doesn’t seem fair.”

The newspaper also published pictures of Louise’s terrible injuries, including a deep cut on her chin.

Louise was seen on Wednesday leaving her home to go and tell show bosses of her situation.

It’s said that producers will now have to decide whether or not to replace the 44-year-old star in the show at London’s Savoy Theatre.

They said in a statement: “We hope Louise will start performances towards the end of March or early April.

“Due to an injury this week, Louise Redknapp has had to temporarily withdraw from performing the role of Violet in 9 to 5 The Musical.

“The recovery time recommended means Louise is no longer able to properly rehearse the show in the remaining time left before opening.

“Together we have made the difficult decision to delay Louise’s start date in the show. We hope that Louise will start performances sometime towards the end of March/early April 2019. Everyone at 9 to 5 wishes Louise a speedy recovery and we look forward to welcoming her back.”