Michael van Gerwen not worried about effects of surgery, 'I'm a darts player, not a weight lifter

Despite undergoing surgery next week, Michael van Gerwen isn't concerned about his busy schedule of darts in the coming days, including the Premier League play-offs.

Former world No.1 Michael van Gerwen is set to enjoy a busy few days of darts, with the 33-year-old first taking part in the Nordic Darts Masters in Copenhagen this weekend.

Immediately following that, the Dutchman will jet off to Berlin to feature in the darts Premier League finale, with Joe Cullen, James Wade and Jonny Clayton also in contention for the title.

Just a day after the final night of Premier League action, Van Gerwen is scheduled to undergo surgery to treat carpal tunnel syndrome - a disease that causes pain, tingling and/or a numb feeling in the hand or arm.

But Mighty Mike isn't too worried about the effects surgery may have on his game.

"I am a darts player, not a weight lifter. I want to concentrate fully on the final now, everything is focused on Monday. I have to make sure my head is right. The rest is all an afterthought."

Michael van Gerwen celebrates after winning a set against Joe Cullen during day twelve of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

Van Gerwen also insisted that playing this weekend in Copegnhagen could be an added bonus despite some suggesting that Clayton and Cullen could benefit from having a weekend off before the Premier League showpiece.

"You can also say I get a lot more match rhythm towards the final and get into the flow. I see it as a nice preparation," said the Dutchman.

But Van Gerwen will firmly have his sights set on the Premier League this week - a tournament he's won five times throughout his career.

He stated that he personally views it as the second biggest tournament of the year behind the World Championships, and after finishing second in the league table he'll fancy his chances of scooping a sixth title.

"After the World Championship, this is the biggest tournament, so it's a very important night.

"Everything has to give way for this. I am ready to play the final. This is what I have been away from home for all these weeks''

The finale will take place in Berlin's Mercedes-Benz Arena on June 13.

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