Darts fans back James Wade over lifestyle plan ahead of return to action

Darts fans have thrown their support behind James Wade after The Machine opened up about his recent illness ordeal.

The world number five pulled out of a tournament in Germany earlier this month and was sent to hospital after suffering from chest pains, a high heart rate and blood pressure, plus stomach pain, nausea and dizziness.

After three days in a Leverkusen hospital, Wade was eventually allowed to return home to be with his pregnant wife and young son. After missing last week’s Premier League action in Sheffield, Wade returns to the oche tonight when the darting roadshow makes his annual stop at London’s O2.

Ahead of his quarter-final against Peter Wright, Wade has opened up about his health scare in an exclusive new column for Daily Star Sport. In it, he admitted he needed to focus on his health and cut back on his schedule, both for his own well-being and for the sake of his young family.

“The last week has taught me that I have to focus on exercise, diet and physical and mental well-being as a whole, and if that means that I have to cut back my schedule slightly to create the time to do so then it will be a small price to pay for being fit happy watching my children grow up,” he said.

“It will also mean that every time I turn at a PDC event fans will know that they will be getting a focused, determined and rested James Wade, hopefully meaning they will see me for many years to come.”

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Wade’s stance has been endorsed by his legion of fans, who are looking forward to seeing the 39-year-old back in action in London.

Maria Lewis wrote on Facebook: “Glad you’re feeling better, please do take the time to get yourself healthy to be able to keep playing for years to come, you know we are all behind you.” While Katrina Bates added: “Just do what you have to do, just as long as you are still doing all the right tournaments to keep your ranking where it is now.”

Brett Kemp concurred, writing: “Good luck James. Wishing you the best, I think the world title will be coming home with you this year. The health tweaks might be the final push you need to take that and other titles home.”

Meanwhile, on Twitter, Andy Nightingale posted: “Great to hear James. You were missed in the Sheffield leg of the Premier League. Glad you are well” while Bryan Bos tweeted: “I'm glad you're feeling better and I wish you all the best for tonight!!! #TeamWade.”

Read the full column HERE

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