World number two Peter Wright was rushed to hospital on Thursday, plunging his World Championship hopes into doubt.
In a brief statement posted on his official twitter account, his wife Jo announced that he had returned home after being rushed to hospital, but confirmed that Wright would not be taking part in any exhibitions or appearances until he’s well enough.
The statement read: “I’m sorry 2 announce that Peter was rushed 2 hospital yesterday. He is now back home but unable 2 do any exhibitions or work until he is well enough 2. We would both like 2 apologise 2 all fans who have bought tickets 2 see Snakebite in the run up to Xmas.”
The Scot has enjoyed the best year of his PDC career to date in 2017- winning eleven titles in total, including his maiden TV ranking title at this year’s UK Open. ‘Snakebite’ also clinched his first World Series title after thrashing Phil Taylor in October’s German Darts Masters.
The 47-year-old has also reached the final of the Premier League, World Matchplay and the Grand Slam of Darts, which has catapulted him above his fellow countryman Gary Anderson into second on the PDC Order of Merit.
Wright, who was runner up to Michael van Gerwen in the 2014 World Championship, is due to take on Brazilian Diogo Portela in his opening match at the Alexandra Palace on the 21st December- which is the final night of first-round action.
It’s not yet known why Wright was rushed to hospital and how this could affect his World Championship hopes, but if he was unable to compete, Terry Jenkins would take his place in the draw. However, social media was awash with hundreds of messages of support, including one from a very famous face!
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