Lihao Wen has withdrawn from the 2021/22 World Darts Championship and will be replaced by Peter Hudson.
Wen was due to make his World Championship debut after being crowned PDC China Champion, but has not received his visa in time to travel to the UK.
Consequently, he has now withdrawn from the William Hill World Championship and is replaced by England’s Hudson – the next ranked player on the reserve list.
Hudson will now take on Ritchie Edhouse in the opening match of the tournament on Wednesday, with the winner returning to the stage later in the evening to face reigning World Champion Gerwyn Price in the Second Round.
Making his first World Championship appearance since the 2012/13 event, Hudson regained his PDC Tour Card in January after a year away from the professional circuit.
The Manchester thrower faced Price in this year’s UK Open, going down 10-5 in the Fourth Round.
Lihao becomes the third player to withdraw from the tournament, with South Africa’s Charles Losper having been ruled out due to visa issues, while Spain’s Juan Francisco Rodriguez tested positive for Covid-19.
The World Darts Championship gets under way at Alexandra Palace on Wednesday December 15, with the final to be held on Monday January 3.