World number one Michael van Gerwen has withdrawn from the German Darts Masters due to an ankle injury.
‘The Green Machine’ has been struggling with bursitis in his left ankle and battled through the pain barrier in his first-round tie at the World Series of Darts event on Friday evening, defeating German World Cup star Martin Schindler 6-2.
Nevertheless, Van Gerwen’s injury has not recovered sufficiently overnight for him to compete in Saturday’s final stages, where he may have competed in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final on an action-packed day in Dusseldorf.
As a consequence, his scheduled quarter-final opponent James Wade receives a bye through to the semi-finals. ‘The Machine’ defeated Kevin Munch 6-2 on Friday; averaging 101.02 and converting all six of his attempts at double, but Van Gerwen’s withdrawal means only three matches will take place on Saturday afternoon at the Castello Arena.
Van Gerwen admitted: “Obviously I am devastated to pull out but as anyone could see last night my foot was in bad way. On medical advice I have unfortunately decided to withdraw and now I am going to concentrate on getting it better for the rest of the year.”
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