Will Mellor was forced to ice his knee with frozen peas (Picture: PA / @willmellor76)

Will Mellor has revealed he is struggling with knee pain after intense Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals, days before the series is due to launch. 

The Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps star, 46, took to Instagram to share a video of him icing his knee with a pack of frozen peas after sustaining an injury in the intense practise sessions before the show begins this weekend. 

He told his followers: ‘In rehearsal for @bbcstrictly!! My knees are in shock!! #tooldforthis #strictlycomedancing #dancing #badknees #shattered.’

Will breathlessly added in the clip: ‘Just in rehearsal for Strictly. Will’s knees sponsored by peas. I’m knackered.’

Strictly is due to start on Friday before the first live episode airs on Saturday, and Will has previously voiced his concerns about his knees holding up throughout the gruelling ballroom and latin dance competition.

The Coronation Street actor previously revealed to press, as reported by Digital Spy: ‘I don’t want to get injured.

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‘I’ve got bad knees and football injuries, operations and stuff. I’m having to ice them every night and stuff. 

‘So it’s just, if they pop out in the middle of a dance routine live on telly, there’s not much I can do because I will just hit the floor, and they do.’

The TV star has long-standing knee issues (Picture: @willmellor76)

He’s hoping not to have to bow out of Strictly with injury (Picture: PA)

He added: ‘They’ve popped out while I’ve been walking down the stairs before now. I can pop it back in, but at that moment, I have no strength in the leg. It’s just from football injuries and operations so as long as that stays alright, then whatever will be will be.’

Will admitted he doesn’t mind if he is voted out but he doesn’t want to have to pull out of the competition with injury as he would feel like he’s ‘not had the experience’ of the show. 

Strictly Come Dancing starts on Friday at 7pm on BBC One. 

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