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James Wade remains in hospital after taking ill during European Tour event

Jamie Shaw in European Tour 11 May 2022
Wade remains in hospital in Leverkusen (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

James Wade is recovering in hospital in Leverkusen after taking ill during the European Darts Open on Sunday.

Wade had felt unwell following his Quarter-Final win over Ryan Searle, and after being attended to by medics in the venue, he was advised to withdraw from the competition.

He was taken to a nearby hospital and underwent a series of tests, having suffered symptoms which included high blood pressure and dizziness.

The 39-year-old’s condition has since improved, though he remains in hospital for precautionary measures and is unable to fly home to the UK.

His wife Samantha, who is expecting their second child and is unable to visit, said: “It was very worrying Sunday into Monday night and it is horrible to think of James there by himself when he has been so poorly.

“Clearly we want him home as quickly as possible but the medical staff have been amazing with James and he is hugely grateful for the compassion and care they have shown him – we are taking their advice on when it will be safe for him to return home.

“James is desperate to make sure he doesn’t let anyone down and is already talking about returning to competitive action for people who have bought tickets.

“Whilst that is in his nature, I am sure everyone will agree that him making a full recovery is the most important thing and we will be taking it day by day.”

The world number five looks set to miss Thursday’s Premier League Night 14 in Sheffield – where he is due to face Joe Cullen in the Quarter-Finals.

Wade has picked up two weekly titles in this year’s Premier League so far and sits third in the table.

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