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Menzies determined to play through the pain barrier despite horror injury

Phil Lanning in Darts Interviews 30 Aug 2018
Menzies reacts against Anderson during the 2017 Grand Slam of Darts (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
Cameron Menzies will play through pain barrier despite a horror knee injury which needed fourteen stitches.
The Irvine ace was rushed into Crosshouse Hospital earlier this week after sustaining the seriously gashed leg while playing football for his local amateur side.
But Menzies, 29, has confirmed he will continue to play in next week’s European Tour qualifiers and Players Championship events in Barnsley.
“It’s been a bit of a nightmare,” he told Live Darts. “I was just playing for my local team and was defending a corner when I slid in to stop the ball going towards the goal.
“But unfortunately the posts are stuck into the ground with a big lump of concrete and I went straight over it.
“I didn’t think much of it and got straight up but when I looked down my knee was flapping about so I knew it wasn’t good.
“I got myself down to Crosshouse Hospital near the pitch and they cleaned it up and gave me 14 stitches. It’s been uncomfortable but not too bad I guess.
“I’m OK to play next week in Barnsley. It’s my standing right leg but it’s fine when I’m upright. Bending down is not so easy, I’ll have to make sure I don’t drop any darts!
“It’s a big week with three tournaments on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and I just can’t afford to miss them. I should be fine when I’m playing.”
The hugely-popular rising star burst into the limelight in the Grand Slam in Wolverhampton last November, beating Simon Whitlock and giving his hero Gary Anderson a run for his money.
He has since switched to the PDC and admits that he needs to play through injury after making so much progress.
He added: “I think it’s been a great year for me. I’ve won a couple of local tournaments and the people around me say I’ve improved massively.
“The standard of the PDC is mental. You have to be consistent and you have to hit an average of 95 or you are probably going to get beat.
“I can see that my game has gone up a notch but naturally I want to kick on now and win a PDC tournament. That would be huge for me.”