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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Says He Still Has a Chance at Winning 'DWTS' Following Calf Injury

by Jackie Willis 6:19 AM PDT, March 31, 2017
Playing Maksim Chmerkovskiy Says He Still Has a Chance at Winning 'DWTS' Following Calf Injury

Dancing With the Stars fans haven't seen the last of Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

The 37-year-old professional dancer spoke out about his calf injury in a video shared on Friday's Good Morning America where he's talking to Heather Morris -- who he's paired up with on this season of DWTS -- and Alan Bersten, the pro dancer who's been filling in for Chmerkovskiy while he recovers.

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"I still feel like we have a chance and you deserve it," he tells Morris. "I want to give you 150% effort and, you know, as physically active, you know, at my best when nothing hurt."

Chmerkovskiy -- who will also be sitting out the third week of DWTS -- adds, "I want to come back and win."

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On Thursday, a source told ET that Chmerkovskiy tore his calf muscle "pretty badly," and that he's undergone a series of shots to help recover. "He told everyone he will be back in a couple of weeks but that isn't true, it's a lot worse than everyone initially thought," the source said. "Doctors are insisting that Maks sit out for at least a month, but knowing Maks he will try and rush it and get back into the competition."

Meanwhile, Morris and Bersten have been tearing it up on the dance floor. The DWTS duo performed a jive set to "Grown" by Little Mix, and were awarded with three eights by judges Julianne Hough, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba, and a six by Len Goodman, which gave them a score of 30 out of 40.

Check out the pair's stand-out dance:

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