It seems like things are about to shake up on The Flash. The series is into its fifth season, but its cast is about to thin out a bit now. A new report states that Jesse L. Martin will be leaving The Flash due to a medical concern.

This came via Entertainment Weekly after it was reported by TV Line. The report confirmed Martin, who reprised Detective Joe West, will be on a medical leave after suffering a back injury.

“Jesse Martin is taking a medical leave of absence from The Flash. We wish him a full and speedy recovery and look forward to his return as Detective Joe West,”

A representative told Entertainment Weekly in a recent statement.

It’s still unclear for how long will he be away from the show. The absence of the character will be addressed in this season. So far, he has shown up in the fifth season, but Martin has been seated in almost all the scenes due to his back injury.

Fans have shown support for Martin over social media and they hope that he will soon return on the show. The Flash’s viewership has dropped upsettingly by 21% although reports indicate that these ratings will bounce back.

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