Michael van Gerwen returns to Premier League on Thursday
Dutch dynamite defends his unbeaten start to the season against Kim Huybrechts
By Sky Sports Darts
Last Updated: 09/03/17 10:31am
Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen says he is "can't wait to get back playing" when the tournament hits The SSE Hydro in Glasgow.
Van Gerwen missed out on the season's fifth league night last week in Exeter - and the weekend's UK Open - due to a back injury.
However, following extensive treatment in the Netherlands, he will return to action when he defends his unbeaten start to the season against Kim Huybrechts in Glasgow.
"It was really disappointing for me to miss out last week but I can't wait to get back playing," Van Gerwen told the PDC website. "I've tried to do the right things with my treatment and hopefully my back will be okay.
"It's a big game on Thursday, like they all are in the Premier League, and it's always a fantastic crowd in Glasgow so I want to show everyone what I can do against Kim."
The night is set to be a special one for homecoming hero Peter Wright as he makes his first appearance since being crowned as UK Open champion.
In-form Wright will face James Wade, having moved joint top of the table with Phil Taylor on seven points with his sensational 119.50 average has he defeated Adrian Lewis in Exeter.
"The weekend was really special for me but I've got to look ahead now and focus on the Premier League again," said Wright. "I'd love to win the Premier League too but there's a long way to go yet.
"I've got to take it week by week and concentrate on my next game against James."
Two-time world champion and Premier League winner Gary Anderson returns to his homeland against Dave Chisnall - who jumped above the Scot in the league table when he won twice last week.
"It's special every time we play in Scotland and I can't wait to be back there," said Anderson. "Dave had a great week in Exeter and he'll be confident, but I want to get the win.
"It's not been great so far for me but there's still lots of darts to be played. It's a long season and you could get a bad start and still get in the top four, and there's a long way to go."
Watch Premier League Darts this Thursday, from The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, live on Sky Sports 3 HD from 7pm.
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