Price to continue Premier League campaign despite fractured hand

Gerwyn Price will compete in Thursday’s Premier League in Birmingham, despite receiving confirmation of a fractured bone in his throwing hand.

The world No 2 suffered a hand injury earlier this month, which forced him to withdraw from Night Six in Brighton and the subsequent German Darts Championship.

‘The Iceman’ has since returned to competitive action, battling through the pain barrier to reach the Premier League semi-finals in Nottingham before winning a Players Championship event in Niedernhausen on Saturday.

However, Price underwent further hospital checks this week which revealed a small fracture to a bone in the hand, therefore he will wear a supportive splint while the injury heals in the coming weeks.

The Welshman will remove the splint whilst competing however, and he will take on Night Seven winner Joe Cullen in Thursday’s Premier League event at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham.

“I was still in discomfort with my hand so I went back to the hospital and the X-ray showed a small fracture,”┬áPrice told the PDC.

“The usual course of action would be to be put in plaster for four weeks, but with the Premier League and other events that’s not something I wanted.

“I’ll be wearing the splint now other than when I’m playing darts, and making sure that I rest the hand enough when I’m not to allow it to heal properly.

“I’ve shown that I can still play good darts despite the injury and I’ll be trying my hardest to get the win in Birmingham on Thursday.”

The 37-year-old – who currently occupies fifth spot in the table – was planning to participate in a charity boxing fight in April, but that has been rescheduled.

Price’s bout against Rhys Evans is part of a fundraising night in aid of Cancer Research Wales, St David’s Hospice Care and the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff, which has now been postponed until May 13.

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