Van Gerwen pulls out of Premier League after being left grimacing in pain
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Michael van Gerwen has been forced to pull out of the Premier League night in Aberdeen due to injury.
Van Gerwen met Chris Dobey in his quarter-final and looked in discomfort for much of the match, wincing as he threw and holding his shoulder.
It was initially reported that Van Gerwen, after receiving treatment, would take part in his semi-final against Dimitri Van den Bergh. However, a few minutes later, it was confirmed that the three-time world champion would play no further part in the night’s action. As a result, Van den Bergh went straight through to the final to face Gerwyn Price.
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A PDC statement read: "Due to a shoulder injury suffered in his Quarter-Final with Chris Dobey, Michael van Gerwen has withdrawn from his Semi-Final on Night 16 of the Premier League! The final between Price and Dimitri Van den Bergh will now follow!"
Van Gerwen was already assured of a place in next week’s play-offs in London but his injury surely places his participation at the O2 Arena in doubt.
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That potentially reopens the door to Nathan Aspinall, who saw his play-off hopes ended by a semi-final defeat to Price. Aspinall had earlier thrashed Jonny Clayton in the quarters to stay alive.
Fans were quick to wish defending champion Van Gerwen well. One tweeted: "Well done MVG, take a week off and come back and win the Premier League, rest up and take care."
Another said: "Smart decision from Michael, no point risking causing more damage when he's already qualified for next week. I hope he's nothing too serious & makes a speedy recovery."
A third asked: "If he can't play next week does the Asp [Aspinall] get in?"
A fourth pleaded: "Come on PDC. Surly Dobey should have got a reprieve and fill the semi-final. Apparently not."
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