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Durrant out of the International Darts Open after positive Covid test

Jamie Shaw in European Tour 22 Oct 2020
Durrant aims to return to winning ways (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Glen Durrant has been withdrawn from this weekend’s International Darts Open after testing positive for Covid-19.

Durrant, who claimed Premier League glory in Coventry last week, travelled on to Germany to compete in the European Darts Grand Prix 48 hours later.

Since returning to the UK earlier this week, Durrant underwent a Covid-19 test which returned a positive result.

He was due to head to Riesa, Germany for this weekend’s International Darts Open but will now be required to isolate in line with Government guidelines.

All other event personnel required to test prior to, or on, their arrival in Riesa have recorded a negative test.

Durrant is currently among the provisional field for the European Championship, which is due to take place in Oberhausen from October 29 to November 1, but a minimum isolation period of ten days would mean he is also set to miss that event.

Dutchman Niels Zonneveld has also withdrawn from the International Open after earlier informing the PDC of his self-isolation requirements after receiving a positive test earlier this month.

Kyle Anderson, Peter Wright, Dirk van Duijvenbode and Ryan Murray have also withdrawn due to travel reasons.

As a result, eight places will be available from the Host Nation Qualifier in Riesa on Thursday evening to complete the 48-player field.

Adrian Lewis and Stephen Bunting will return to action this weekend after receiving negative results to Covid-19 tests this week, having tested positive ahead of the recent World Grand Prix.