Price to play through pain barrier after “freak accident”

Price reacts (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Gerwyn Price has seen his hopes of summer glory jeopardised by a “freak accident” sustained while out running. 

The Welsh ace will be forced to play through the pain barrier after picking up a serious injury of a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Welsh World Cup star Price has had in confirmed by doctor that he requires an operation in order to repair the damage.

But Price, 33, has revealed he will delay going under the knife until after the World Series and BetVictor World Matchplay this summer.

He said: "It was a freak accident, and I was hoping that it wouldn't be too serious.

"My foot's in a boot at present but it's my left leg so it's not my standing foot while I play, and I'm still planning to compete in the two European Tour events before Las Vegas."

The Welshman will compete in the World Series double-header in Las Vegas - where he was a semi-finalist 12 months ago - and Shanghai at the beginning of July.

He will then take part in the prestigious World Matchplay before having his surgery, giving himself almost two months to recover before the Unibet World Grand Prix.

Price added: "It's really important to me to be in the World Series events in Vegas and Shanghai and the World Matchplay too so I'll be doing everything to keep myself okay for them.

"I should be fine through to August - although I might have to take it easy on stage - and then I'll have the operation and if my recovery goes to plan I should be fine by the end of September."

Despite a tough introduction to the Premier League, Price is still aiming to grab major glory during the remainder of 2018.

He added: "Four years ago I was in Q School and now I’ve been in the Premier League. It’s been a steep learning curve and I’m gradually getting better all the time.

"I always set myself targets. I’ve aimed to be in the top 32, top 16. Now I want to be in the top 10, then top eight. 

"I'm playing pretty well and I’m confident. I was probably a bit more anxious than usual to play in the Premier League."

Price is spearheading a new generation of clean-living oche stars and knows that could help him go all the way to the top.

He added: "I don’t drink and I look after myself. The Premier League was hard work and tiring so I hope that will help my stamina as the weeks ago by. I’m not worried about who I play, I believe in myself and the progress I am making."

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