Andy Fordham is close to making a full recovery after previously being hospitalised in late February due to severe abdominal pain and as a result, blockage in his bowels.

Fordham said he is ’90 percent’ better and that he is losing weight and starting to feel good again extending to even playing some darts despite admitting himself that he may not ever be back to tournament level again.

“I’m probably about 90 percent better now. It was a blocked bowel and there was nothing coming out at all and when it finally started to go, it weren’t nice. The people in the hospital are just unbelievable, you can’t praise them enough,” said Fordham on Winmau TV in conversation with Phill Barrs.

“I think I’m always going to have a couple of issues but compared to what I was, I feel so much better. I lost loads of weight, but I’ve learnt from last time. I’ve been moving around a lot more, I’ve had a couple of goes on the dartboard. It’s slowly picking up.

I won’t say I will be getting back to tournament standard but if you don’t try you don’t know.”

Return

While Fordham admits he may never return to tournament level, he told a story of how he nearly made Lakeside a few years ago and that he does have the fight and desire knowing that game is there.

“I was going a few years back, I think it was Bridlington. It was the British Open on the stage, I beat Ted Hankey. Then I played Richard Veenstra and I missed three darts at double 20 and when I say I missed them, all three darts were on the wire.

Then he beat me 4-3, I come off and I got told if I would have hit one of those doubles I would have qualified for the Lakeside. It proves it’s there, it’s just got to keep fighting to get it back again.”

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Author: Samuel Gill