Darts legend James Wade back in UK after health scare in Germany

James Wade was forced to withdraw from last Sunday’s European Darts Open semi-final after spending three nights in a German hospital because of illness

World number five James Wade has thanked medical staff following three nights in a German hospital after falling unwell during a European Open event at the weekend.

The 39-year-old was forced to withdraw after his quarter-final win ahead of his match with Dimitri Van den Bergh, complaining of feeling "extremely unwell" with symptoms including a racing heart, high blood pressure, nausea and dizziness.

Wade underwent tests on Monday and Tuesday and, after his family said in a statement that his condition was "comfortable and improving", he returned to the UK on Wednesday after being cleared of serious illness.

Superb run

Wade was in superb form during the European Tour event in Leverkusen as he saw off Berry van Peer, Jose de Sousa and Ryan Searle to seal his place in the tournament's semi-final.

Wade's wife Samantha has been unable to join her husband as she is caring for the couple's son Arthur and also expecting their second child. She has been extremely grateful for the level of care provided by the German hospital.

Wade will now not feature on night 14 of the Premier League in Sheffield tonight, with Joe Cullen automatically awarded a 6-0 win.

"I'd like to thank all the medical staff for their care over the past few days and also to all the fans around the world who have sent messages of support," Wade told the Professional Darts Corporation's official website.

"Now that I'm home, I'll be taking time to recover fully before returning to playing when the time is right."

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