Gary Anderson will miss the Players Championship double-header in Crawley as he battles an eye problem.
The Scot is desperately hoping the problem with his left eye won’t affect his chances of playing in the prestigious World Matchplay in Blackpool next month.
He had to withdraw from last weekend’s German Darts Championship in Berlin and will miss the Crawley events as well.
“I am very worried,” he admitted.
“I have seen a specialist and it looks like there is a problem with the tear duct in my left eye, but it is affecting my vision and obviously a big concern.”
“I have been troubled for a month but put it down to hayfever. The specialist says I may have to have a small procedure on the eye to get the duct working properly again.”
Anderson will make a decision early next week on whether or not he will travel to Germany for the big European Tour event in Dusseldorf from July 6-8.
It has been a tough time for Gary as he looks to rediscover the winning touch.....his father and brother have died recently and this latest concern with his eye couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Everyone connected with Unicorn wishes him a quick recovery and speedy return to the oche.
It is a big weekend in Crawley for the rest.
Team Unicorn stars Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld will also be missing.
But for Jamie Caven and Joe Cullen, it is a crucial two days......there are only three events before the cut off ahead of the World Matchplay.
As it stands, the Unicorn pair stand in 13th and 14th in the Pro Tour Order of Merit.....remember 16 qualify plus the top 16 in the World rankings.
Team Unicorn’s Colin Osborne also needs a successful weekend.....he is just outside that Pro Tour top 16 but still in with a great chance of reaching the Winter Gardens.....he knows that one good result may be enough.
And there will be first news of both tournaments in Crawley right here on the Unicorn website
By STUART PYKE
Photo courtesy Lawrence Lustig / PDC