Gerwyn Price will undergo surgery in August after rupturing his Achilles tendon in a freak accident last week, but he is set to defy the pain barrier by competing in the upcoming World Series events in Las Vegas and Shanghai, as well as next month’s World Matchplay.
‘The Iceman’ suffered the freak injury whilst out running last week and doctors confirmed on Monday that he would require surgery to repair the tendon in his left leg. Nevertheless, Price has revealed that he will delay surgery in order to compete in a series of high-profile events across the course of the next month.
Price, who made his Premier League debut earlier this year, has been handed a wildcard invitation for the World Series double-header in Las Vegas and Shanghai at the start of July, having reached the semi-finals of the inaugural U.S Masters twelve months ago.
The Welshman will then feature in the BetVictor World Matchplay at the Winter Gardens, before undergoing surgery in August, which gives him approximately two months to recover ahead of the next big major- the Unibet World Grand Prix.
Discussing the incident, the former UK Open finalist admitted: “When I suffered the injury I couldn’t believe my luck. It was a freak accident, and I was hoping that it wouldn’t be too serious.
“My foot’s in a boot at present but it’s my left leg so it’s not my standing foot while I play, and I’m still planning to compete in the two European Tour events before Las Vegas.
“It’s really important to me to be in the World Series events in Vegas and Shanghai and the World Matchplay too so I’ll be doing everything to keep myself okay for them.
“I should be fine through to August – although I might have to take it easy on stage – and then I’ll have the operation and if my recovery goes to plan I should be fine by the end of September.”
The 33-year-old is scheduled to compete in the inaugural Danish Darts Open in Copenhagen and the European Darts Matchplay in Hamburg prior to his World Series escapades, although it remains to be seen whether he will opt to recuperate ahead of a busy month.
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