Premier League Darts news: Gerwyn Price to continue playing despite hand fracture

Former world champion Gerwyn Price will be in action on night eight of the Premier League Darts campaign, despite suffering a fractured bone in his throwing hand.

The Iceman endured a hand injury in early March and didn't take part in night five of the Premier League, allowing his quarter-final opponent Joe Cullen to automatically progress to the semi-final. 

Price has since returned to action and has been in good form, having reached a Premier League semi-final in Nottingham before winning a recent Players Championship event in Germany.

Despite this, a recent hospital check has found a small fracture to a bone in Price's right hand - the Welshman's throwing hand.

The 37-year-old has been advised to wear a splint over the next few weeks as the injury heals. Price will remove the splint while in competition - starting this Thursday night in Birmingham.

The Iceman is set to face Cullen in the quarter-final, but despite playing on with an injury, he admitted that his current form has remained at a high level.

"I was still in discomfort with my hand, so I went back to the hospital and the X-ray showed a small fracture," said Price.

"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.

Gerwyn Price during day three of the Ladbrokes UK Open 2021 tournament at the Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes. Picture date: Sunday March 7, 2021.

"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 fracture has also forced Price to postpone his charity boxing fight against former professional, Rhys Evans.

The bout, dubbed as 'The tear-up at the Tav', has been moved from April 9 to May 13 - just one day after night 14 of Premier League Darts in Sheffield.

Price and Evans are set to go head-to-head as part of a fundraiser in aid of Cancer Research Wales, St David's Hospice Care and Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff.

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