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Cross facing battle for fitness ahead of Premier League finals night

Cross faces a worrying race for fitness (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

World Champion Rob Cross faces a race against time to be 100 per cent fit for the Premier League finals night.

Voltage has pulled out of the Dutch Darts Masters in Zwolle this weekend on doctor's orders after suffering from chest pains.

The Hastings ace, who faces Michael van Gerwen in Thursday's second Semi-Final at The O2, has revealed that he has damaged cartilage in his sternum and needs a scan early next week.

Cross said: "I've been having trouble breathing and sleeping for a few weeks now. I thought I'd just hurt a muscle or something.

"But I was ill the previous weekend in Germany and was sick and I think that has worsened the problem. I was really struggling in Aberdeen so I saw a doctor after I played Simon Whitlock and he ordered immediate rest.

"He said that flying and being away could worsen the problem and that I need to have a scan for a proper check on Monday.

"It's obviously not what I need right on the eve of the O2 finals. But I’ll keep playing. To be honest, I wanted to play this weekend to keep me as sharp as possible and I apologise to the Dutch fans for missing their event.

"But I need to make sure I’m as good as I can be for Thursday night. Hopefully the scan will be OK and I’ll start to feel better."

Cross has not appeared his usual self in recent weeks and snatched an “ugly draw” with Whitlock in Aberdeen after a sloppy showing on the doubles.

He added: "I didn’t play well. If I am honest, I was useless and Simon didn’t play that well. It’s just one of them, it was an ugly draw.

"I've really enjoyed my first campaign. Have I played my best darts? Probably not.

“It's been a bit of a life change, but I think I've coped well with it and I can top it off at the O2. I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be great and I just hope I’m fully fit."


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