Nathan Aspinall will make his Premier League debut on Thursday in a repeat of his World Championship semi-final with Michael Smith.

Aspinall said that he couldn’t believe he got the call and that he is going to grab the opportunity with both hands.

“I couldn’t believe it when I got the call, I was buzzing,” he said. “I’d seen that Gary had pulled out but never in a million years did I think that I was going to get a call-up.

“When I heard, I was really happy for the PDC to put me in and give me an opportunity to show what I can do. I’ve got to grab that opportunity with both hands and show everybody what I can do.

“In all honesty it would have been nice to have played Michael van Gerwen, because he’s the best player in the world, but to play Michael Smith after the semi-final game that we had is nice.

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Author: Samuel Gill