Michael van Gerwen was forced to skip last month’s World Cup of Darts due to dental surgery; the defending World Matchplay champion is expected to have more work following the competition in Blackpool; the World Matchplay.
Michael van Gerwen will have further dental work done, but he plans to defend his Betfred World Matchplay championship in Blackpool later this month.
The three-time World Matchplay winner missed last month’s World Cup of Darts due to oral surgery, but he returned to competition this weekend in the European Darts Masters.
Van Gerwen was defeated 6-3 by compatriot Raymond van Barneveld on his comeback in Trier, and while he now has his sights set on the Matchplay in Blackpool, which takes place from July 15 to 23, the 34-year-old has revealed that he will have more surgery as well as braces placed.
— Michael Van Gerwen (@MvG180) July 3, 2023
“After recently winning the Premier League and the US Darts Masters, I needed to have pre-planned dental and jaw surgery, which meant I missed the World Cup of Darts,” Van Gerwen explained on social media.
“With the schedule being so full, it’s always difficult to fit in anything like this, especially with an operation that requires a significant amount of recovery time.
“In my case, I might not look or sound the same for a while, and I’ll soon have braces fitted as well as some additional surgery in the future.”
Van Gerwen won his third World Matchplay title last year with an 18-14 triumph over Gerwyn Price in the final, placing him to second on the all-time winners list.
The Dutchman is also scheduled to compete in the Polish Darts Masters this weekend, but he confesses he is still not entirely recovered from the original oral operation.
“I don’t want this to affect my performances in the upcoming Poland Darts Masters and World Matchplay, and I’ll be doing everything I can to win both events,” Van Gerwen explained. “But at the moment, I’m also still recovering, and I hope everyone understands.”
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