Former Lakeside world champion Jelle Klaasen has successfully undergone surgery on his wrist today, as he attempts to shake off the tendinitis problem that has plagued him throughout 2017 thus far.
Klaasen received a Premier League wildcard in January after an eight-year hiatus, although he was eliminated on Judgement Night; having accrued just three points from his nine matches. His solitary victory came against Dave Chisnall and he failed to post a single ton-plus average throughout the event as he battled through the pain barrier.
Nevertheless, whilst he struggled throughout the Premier League season, the Dutchman has flourished on the European Tour. He reached the German Darts Masters final back in April and has appeared in the semi final stages of five successive European Tour events.
Klaasen’s consistency in recent ranking events has seen him rise to a career high of seventh on the PDC Order of Merit- above a certain Phil Taylor. However, his wrist problem has persisted, and the 32-year-old confirmed via his Facebook page that he had undergone surgery this morning.
The former Lakeside world champion told his fans: “Just got back home and the surgery went well! Now 3 days in bandage and then a few weeks rest to recover slowly. Thanks for all the support again everyone!”
As a consequence of his wrist surgery, ‘The Cobra’ has pulled out of this weekend’s Players Championship double-header in Milton Keynes. However, he’ll be joined on the sidelines by his compatriot and five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld- who also withdrew earlier today.