The professional dancer’s likelihood of returning is not looking all that good after suffering a “serious” injury during rehearsals on Sunday, according to costar Tony Dovolani, who was with Smirnoff when she went to the hospital.
According to Dovolani, his colleague took a tumble that led to an injury on her shin.
“She went to wet her shoes so that we could have better traction…she slipped and ran into the stairs with her shin, her arm,” said Dovolani. “I was so afraid because I saw half of it, basically on her way down. I thought she would hit her face or neck or anything like that, so luckily she didn’t.”
Still, when Dovolani spoke with Karina earlier in the day, he said, “She’s in a lot of pain…I’m just hoping that it’s not a break, that it’s more like a scuff or something on her shin.”
Smirnoff was eliminated from the competition in week three with celebrity partner Randy Couture. She took to Instagram on Monday to share her condition with fans.
So sad I'm not able to perform tonight on the show. Got hurt yesterday rehearsing. Now, some TLC and I'll be back stronger then ever! thank u for ur support, guys. Love u! @dancingabc
Smirnoff apparently didn’t want to go to the hospital, but Dovolani says that he forced her to go. While she seemed to be okay walking on her leg, Dovolani says that he hopes she takes it easy and that her injury is just a bad bruise. Dovolani said she was still “in pain.”
It is unclear at this point whether the dancer will return this season.