Gary Anderson to miss Premier League with back injury
Back injury forces 2011 and 2015 champion to withdraw from this year's competition which starts in Newcastle on Thursday
By Paul Prenderville
Last Updated: 04/02/19 3:59pm
Gary Anderson has withdrawn from Premier League Darts due to a back injury.
The two-time champion has been undergoing treatment on his back since the World Darts Championship and now, on medical advice, will not play in the Premier League which begins on Thursday, live on Sky Sports.
"I'm sorry to the fans that I won't be there this year, I'm as gutted as anybody to have to miss out," said Anderson.
"I've really tried to get myself right for the Premier League but it just hasn't been physically possible because I'm in such pain when I even try and have a little practice and it would risk long term damage if I was to do anything other than rest and undergo treatment at the moment.
"This isn't a decision I've taken lightly but I don't want to let the fans and myself down by putting in performances well below what is expected of me due to my injury.
"My physio has advised me to rest for a few weeks to increase my chances of coming back stronger for the rest of the year and reduce the likelihood of me suffering repeated problems."
Anderson was due to play Mensur Suljovic on the opening night this week. Chris Dobey will now face Suljovic.
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