Wilson attributes frustrating start to the season to eye problem

Huddersfield ace Wilson reacts (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

James Wilson has revealed an eye problem has blighted his start to the 2019 season and has undergone an MRI scan in an attempt to identify the cause of the issue.

Wilson, the world number 27, has endured a difficult start to the campaign, recording just two wins in the opening six Players Championship events and suffering a crushing 10-1 defeat to James Wade in the Last 64 of the UK Open.

The Huddersfield ace had enjoyed his best season in 2018 since joining the PDC, reaching the German Championship final and the Quarter-Finals of the World Grand Prix.

However, the 47-year-old has revealed a major setback prior to the start to the new campaign which has impacted his ability to fully focus on doubles.

He told Live Darts: "I've had a bit of a twitch in my eye, I think it's a nerve that's in my lids.

"I've been for an MRI scan and I go back on Monday for my results.

"They're going to find the nerve, inject it, and hopefully I'll be able to see again because the scoring has been there, it's just the finishing when I'm going for a double - it starts twitching like mad.

"I'd been getting some brilliant results, then it just came on, I'd had it before now and again twitching, but all of a sudden in January when I was getting ready for the new season - it just went.

"It has caused me problems but I'll dig in and keep going."

Just £4,000 in prize money separates Wilson in 27th from Kim Huybrechts in 24th on the main order of merit, and the Yorkshireman is confident he can make further strides as soon as the problem has been rectified. 

He added: "My aim has always been to get into the top 16 and once I've got my eye sorted - look out.

"The Euro Tour now is massive, I missed out on the first one, I think that was due to my eye as well because I missed doubles.

"I qualified for the second because luckily the other guy missed his doubles, I stood there and waited for it to stop twitching.

"Now I can build on that and hopefully I'll have had my eye sorted before the next two ProTours.

"I played James Wade [at the UK Open] and it was 10-1 but no one knew about my eye and I hadn't really told many people.

"It was on Board Three which was probably the worst board I could have been drawn on, the light was in the right corner and as soon as I turned to throw, my eye started going mental and there's nothing you can do."

Wilson will head to Wigan on Friday for the latest batch of European Tour qualifiers before competing in the Players Championship double-header over the weekend.



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