Premier League Darts: Michael van Gerwen says tournament will miss Gary Anderson

9 gamers will compete for the 2019 Premier League Darts title, starting in Newcastle on Thursday
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Reigning Premier League Darts champion Michael van Gerwen says the opponents will miss injured Gary Anderson.

Two-time winner Anderson, 48, withdrew with a inspire damage for which he has been receiving treatment for the reason that PDC World Championship in December.

Chris Dobey will in the starting build change the Scot with eight gamers, along side BDO world champion Glen Durrant, filling in over the next eight weeks.

“It is a long way a colossal miss with Gary Anderson no longer being here,” Van Gerwen mentioned.

“No person can for sure change Gary, because Gary is Gary and he’s a heavenly player.

“Nevertheless it offers a amount of young gamers a colossal alternative to obtain more expertise.

“I would engage one player (to change him), nevertheless who am I to develop a decision? I must develop decided I preserve performing and whoever I play I for sure want to beat.”

Van Gerwen, 29, goes into the Premier League after profitable his fifth straight Masters title on Sunday. The Dutchman faces Michael Smith in his first match, a repeat of January’s PDC World Championship remaining.

Anderson used to be due to the face Austrian Mensur Suljovic on the opening evening of the match in Newcastle on Thursday nevertheless will now leisure after consulting a physiotherapist.

“That is no longer a decision I’ve taken frivolously nevertheless I don’t are searching to let the fans and myself down by placing in performances well beneath what is anticipated of me,” Anderson mentioned on Monday.

“My physio has told me to leisure for about a weeks to lengthen my possibilities of coming inspire stronger for the leisure of the year and minimize the probability of me suffering repeated problems.”

Aspects won by Anderson’s 9 replacements is no longer going to depend in opposition to the league desk, nevertheless their opponents will preserve theirs in the event that they put any from the match.

The player who finishes ninth in the desk after Judgement Night in Rotterdam on 28 March will seemingly be eradicated.

The leisure eight throwers will then fight it out for a build of dwelling in the head four to develop it to the play-offs at The O2 Enviornment, London on 23 Would possibly merely.

Week one fixtures, Newcastle

  • James Wade v Raymond van Barneveld
  • Gerwyn Imprint v Daryl Gurney
  • Chris Dobey v Mensur Suljovic
  • Michael van Gerwen v Michael Smith
  • Peter Wright v Decide Wicked

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