Price confirms Premier League return ahead of Van Gerwen showdown

Gerwyn Price has confirmed that he will return to competitive action on Night Six of the Premier League in Nottingham, as he prepares to take on his old adversary Michael van Gerwen at the Motorpoint Arena.

‘The Iceman’ was forced to withdraw from last week’s extravaganza in Brighton with a hand injury, which also kept him out of the German Darts Championship at the weekend; curtailing his run of three consecutive European Tour triumphs.

Looking forward to playing this Thursday night in the Premier League in Nottingham. I’m not 100% but I sure will give 100%,” he wrote on Instagram on Tuesday.

Price – who relinquished his world No 1 status to Peter Wright earlier this month – currently occupies fourth spot in the Premier League table, having landed a brace of nine-darters to prevail on an extraordinary Night Three in Belfast.

The Welshman edged out Van Gerwen in a high-quality affair that evening, although the Dutchman will pose a formidable challenge following his recent resurgence.

‘The Green Machine’ won back-to-back Premier League weeks in Exeter and Brighton to establish a four-point lead at the summit, before clinching his 33rd European Tour title last weekend – his first since 2019.

However, while Price is set to return to action, there is uncertainty surrounding the fitness of world No 1 Peter Wright, who pulled out of last weekend’s event ahead of his scheduled quarter-final against Van Gerwen due to a back injury.

The reigning two-time world champion considered withdrawing from the recent UK Open after struggling with gallstones in Minehead, and with the Scot set to face Joe Cullen on Thursday, ‘The Rockstar’ could potentially receive a bye through to the semi-finals for a second consecutive week.

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