Gary Anderson withdraws from 2019 Premier League Darts

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 4 Feb 2019
Anderson faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Gary Anderson has withdrawn from the 2019 Unibet Premier League due to a persistent back injury.

The two-time Premier League champion missed the opening televised tournament of the season at The Masters and has also been ruled out of the sport's elite road-show event on medical advice.

The Scot has been undergoing specialist treatment on a twisted spine since his Semi-Final defeat to Michael van Gerwen at the World Championship last month.

The 48-year-old faced a race against time to be fit for the opening night of the tournament in Newcastle on Thursday February 7 and has taken the difficult decision to pull out of the tournament in order to aid his recovery.

"I'm sorry to the fans that I won't be there this year, I'm as gutted as anybody to have to miss out," said Anderson.

"I've really tried to get myself right for the Premier League but it just hasn't been physically possible because I'm in such pain when I even try and have a little practice and it would risk long term damage if I was to do anything other than rest and undergo treatment at the moment.

"This isn't a decision I've taken lightly but I don't want to let the fans and myself down by putting in performances well below what is expected of me due to my injury.

"My physio has advised me to rest for a few weeks to increase my chances of coming back stronger for the rest of the year and reduce the likelihood of me suffering repeated problems."

Anderson's replacement is yet to be confirmed, though PDC Chairman Barry Hearn revealed on Twitter that "revolutionary thoughts are being discussed" and "as one door closes another one opens".

European Championship finalist Simon Whitlock and reigning BDO World Champion Glen Durrant, now a PDC Tour Card holder, are among the rumoured contenders to replace Anderson.


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