World number one Gerwyn Price has been ruled out of the Unibet Premier League after testing positive for Covid-19, and will be replaced in the field by James Wade.
All players and officials involved in the Unibet Premier League were tested upon arrival at Milton Keynes’ Marshall Arena on Sunday ahead of the 17-night tournament.
Price returned a positive result, and will therefore return home to Markham to enter a period of self-isolation in accordance with government guidelines.
The newly crowned world champion and world No 1 was bidding to secure play-off qualification for the first time in his career, although his withdrawal provides a wonderful opportunity for 2009 champion Wade.
‘The Machine’ – who lifted his tenth major title at last month’s UK Open – is the next highest-ranked player from the PDC Order of Merit not previously in the Premier League, will be a direct replacement for the Welshman, and he was in Milton Keynes on stand-by.
Wade will take on two-time Premier League winner Gary Anderson in Easter Monday’s opening fixtures, before he locks horns with 2019 finalist Rob Cross on Tuesday evening. All other players and officials tested on Sunday returned negative test results.
The Premier League commences on Monday evening, with the opening five nights to be held from April 5-9 before the action continues from April 19-22 as the ten players meet once in the first half of the season. Following Judgement Night on April 22, the bottom two in the table will be eliminated, leaving the remaining eight battling it out for play-off qualification.
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