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Maksim Chmerkovskiy to sit out 'DWTS' week 2 after injury

Alan Bersten will replace Chmerkovskiy as Heather Morris' partner on Monday's episode.

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Annie Martin
Maksim Chmerkovskiy attends the American Music Awards on November 24, 2013. The dancer hurt his calf during rehearsals Friday. File Photo by Phil McCarten/UPI
Maksim Chmerkovskiy attends the American Music Awards on November 24, 2013. The dancer hurt his calf during rehearsals Friday. File Photo by Phil McCarten/UPI | License Photo

March 27 (UPI) -- Maksim Chmerkovskiy will sit out this week's Dancing with the Stars due to injury.

The 37-year-old professional dancer will no longer perform with Heather Morris on the March 27 episode after hurting his calf in rehearsals, Lara Spencer announced Monday on Good Morning America.

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Troupe dancer Alan Bersten will replace Chmerkovskiy as Morris' partner on Monday's episode. Chmerkovskiy will still appear on the show to cheer on the 30-year-old Glee alum from the sidelines.

"Tough show for #teamMaksimumHeat and @heatherrelizabethh would have to hold it down for both of us. Please show her your love and support," the dancer wrote on Instagram. "#DidNotSeeThisComing #WillBeBackBetterThanEver."

"Will be missing @MaksimC tonight, but you better believe I'm still bringing the heat with @Dance10Alan in the meantime #TeamMaksimumHeat," Morris added on Twitter.

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Chmerkovskiy and Morris earned a 28 out of 40 in week 1 with their Viennese waltz to "Make Something Beautiful" by Ben Rector. The actress told Us Weekly after the performance that she "really enjoyed" herself.

"I felt like it was so interesting, the dynamic in the dressing room with everybody, just how supportive everybody was, and how welcoming everyone was to each other," she said.

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