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Anderson Fit For World Matchplay As Players Await Draw

The Flying Scotsman will return to action on the famous Winter Gardens stage (credit: Lawrence Lustig/ PDC)
Gary Anderson has been declared fit to take part in the upcoming World Matchplay and will be among the top seeds to look out for when the draw is made on Sunday.

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The Flying Scotsman has been suffering from a serious eye injury which has forced him to withdraw from the last two European Tour events and ProTour weekend in Crawley, but despite initial fears, he has now been given the all clear to compete in the summer's showpiece event.

Whether the former world finalist will be at the top of his game remains to be seen, but he joins the likes of Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis and James Wade as a player to avoid in the first round at the Winter Gardens.

The top 16 in the PDC order of merit will be joined in the World Matchplay first round draw by the next highest 16 qualifiers from the ProTour order of merit following the completion of the third European Tour event on Sunday.

The final few spots remain up for grabs as players do battle to ensure qualification courtesy of a good run in this weekend's £82,100 tour event - the European Open in Dusseldorf.

A new title sponsor has also been named for the World Matchplay, the second biggest tournament on the calendar, with world's biggest online betting exchange Betfair linking up with the PDC for the first time through their support of the £400,000 tournament from July 21-29.

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Anderson Fit For World Matchplay As Players Await Draw

Gary Anderson has been declared fit to take part in the upcoming World Matchplay and will be among the top seeds to look out for when the draw is made on Sunday.

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