Gary Anderson has shed some light on the chronic issues that have ended his 2019 Premier League involvement prematurely.

After dropping out of the Masters, the Flying Scotsman then took the decision to step aside with the Premier League just around the corner. His withdrawal caused shockwaves – not least for the PDC’s idea of a replacement. Anderson has notably battled with back issues for quite some time. This bout of pain, Anderson explained to Live Darts, has had major ramifications.

“I hate letting people down but I’m in no fit state to play at top level right now. Even a short practice is painful so I don’t think I’m up to the Premier League, I’d hate to play and embarrass myself by being rubbish.

“The chronic pain I’ve been in for months has really brought me down. I was getting some treatment but after the Worlds I knew I had to do something more,” he said.

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Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Fightback

The solution was to bring in outside help. A physio has been drafted in to help the two-time world champion to recover. There will be significant changes, but ones which will hopefully prolong his darts career.

Anderson explained:  “This new guy and I are working hard together to get me fit and ready for the rest of the year. I’m having to change my whole lifestyle – even how I get in and out of the car, lift the kids and move in general.

“I may laugh that I’m old but I have a long life in front of me, hopefully now pain free.”

Support system

The 48-year-old thanked wife Rachel and Tommy Gilmour, his manager, for their role in his rehabilitation. Special praise was reserved for the PDC – who he regrets that he couldn’t repay with appearances in one of their most prestigious events.

“The PDC have been very supportive, they actually found me the physio. They have looked at various options for getting me to venues. But last week’s treatment has been particularly gruelling,” he explained.

“I feel that by staying in the PL and ‘having a go’ I’d be depriving someone fully fit of a place, and depriving the fans of seeing Gary Anderson play how he should.

“However, the good news is that I am noticing a difference in pain and movement.

“So I’ll be back soon, better than ever.”

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Author: Ed McCosh