Maksim Chmerkovskiy Shares Injury Update, Says He Won't Be Dancing With Heather Morris Next Week on 'DWTS'
By Desiree Murphy
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Looks like fans of #TeamMaksimumHeat will have to wait at least another week to see Maksim Chmerkovskiy out on the ballroom floor.
After suffering a painful calf injury during rehearsals with his partner, Heather Morris, last week, the 37-year-old dancer took to Instagram on Tuesday, revealing he'll be out again when the dance competition show returns next Monday. Alan Bersten will once again temporarily take his place as Morris' partner.
But Maks being Maks was of course incredibly positive in his update to fans, posting a pic of himself from the hospital in a patient gown, gray baseball cap and black sneakers.
"Thank you all for so much love and support! And for having @heatherrelizabethh back with all your votes," he captioned it. "I'm also very excited about her and @alanbersten Tango next week."
"Please rest assured that I'm taking this thing very seriously and, although I don't have a concrete return date, I'll give it my all!" he added. "In the meantime here's me, making bad social media choices."
"I don't know what happened," she explained. "His calf just popped, it was very weird."
"You have to stretch, you have to warm up, you have to make sure your body is ready to go," she added, when asked how she's preventing her own injuries. "You have to feed [your body] vitamins, you have to drink a lot of water. You have to take care of yourself. That's the bottom line."
Maksim's brother, Val, who is also competing this season with Fifth Harmony's Normani Kordei, weighed in on the situation, telling ET, "He's good, he's the better bro. He's going to be alright."
"He's just going to get therapy and hopefully recuperate quickly," he continued. "Hopefully the Chmerkovskiy gene is going to kick in and he's going to recover quick."