World number one Gerwyn Price has been ruled out of the 2021 Premier League Darts season after testing positive for…
World number one Gerwyn Price has been ruled out of the 2021 Premier League Darts season after testing positive for Covid-19.
As with all players and officials, Price was tested on arrival at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes on Sunday before heading to his hotel room to await the test result.
It was confirmed that the reigning World Champion had returned a positive test result and as such will now return home to enter a period of self-isolation in line with government guidelines.
Price has been replaced in the field for the 17-night major by reigning UK Open champion James Wade – who was on standby at the venue.
Wade was the next highest-ranked player from the PDC Order of Merit not previously selected for the 2021 Premier League and will now make his eleventh appearance in the competition.
Wade claimed the Premier League title in 2009 and was a beaten finalist in 2008 and 2010.
The Aldershot left-hander will now take on Gary Anderson on Night One on Easter Monday before facing Rob Cross on Tuesday evening.
All other players and officials tested on Sunday returned negative test results.
The entire tournament is to be staged behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena, with the first half held across two blocks – from April 5-9 and 19-22 – as players face each other once in the league phase, before the bottom two are eliminated following Judgement Night.
Nights 10-12 will be staged from May 5-7, with Nights 13-16 then being held from Monday May 24 to Thursday May 27.
The Play-Offs, which feature the top four players from the league table contesting the Semi-Finals and final, will then take place on Friday May 28.