Michael van Gerwen will miss this year's World Cup of Darts, with the Dutchman requiring surgery on his throwing arm this summer.
The 33-year-old has enjoyed an upturn of form this season, winning three European Tours and qualifying for the Premier League play-offs in June.
Van Gerwen will travel to Germany for the Premier League showpiece, before undergoing surgery the day after, on June 14. As a result, the world No.3 will miss out on this summer's World Cup of Darts.
The three-time world champion took to Twitter to inform his fans on Monday morning, with Van Gerwen revealing that he's been struggling with a "tingling sensation" in his throwing arm.
His targetted return date is the World Matchplay, although Van Gerwen admitted he'll assess his recovery over June and July beforehand.
His Twitter statement read: "For some time now I have been experiencing a tingling sensation in my throwing hand and arm. Following medical assessment, I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome.
"I have been receiving treatment for a while in order the ease the symptoms, enabling me to continue to play to a good level. However, it has become clear that I will require an operation for this problem to go away permanently.
"It is disappointing to miss the World Cup but myself, my management, family and medical advisors agree that it is the right time to fix the problem.
"I will make decisions on other events in June and July based on how my recovery progresses. It is my goal to be back to one hundred percent ahead of the World Matchplay.
"Having this operation now means I will miss some events but should be at full strength for all the big televised tournaments for the rest of the year."
But before Van Gerwen goes under the knife, he'll first want to finish strong in the Premier League play-offs next week.
The 33-year-old qualified for Night 17 after finishing second in the table to Jonny Clayton. Van Gerwen won three nights throughout the season, and will head to Berlin looking to claim a remarkable sixth Premier League title.