James Wade to return to action after health scare landed him in hospital

James Wade will return to darts action this week following his recent health scare.

The Machine was forced to withdraw midway through the European Darts Open in Leverkusen earlier this month after feeling unwell. Suffering from symptoms including a racing heart, high blood pressure, nausea and dizziness, he then spent several days in a German hospital, away from his pregnant wife and their young son.

As a result, Wade – one of the standout players in this season's tournament – missed the last round of Premier League action in Sheffield, which saw scheduled quarter-final opponent, Joe Cullen, handed a bye into the semis.

Last week, Wade said he would only return to action “when the time is right” as he paid tribute to the medical staff who cared for him in Germany.

"I'd like to thank all the medical staff for their care over the past few days and also to all the fans around the world who have sent messages of support," he said. "Now that I'm home, I'll be taking time to recover fully before returning to playing when the time is right."

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It has now been confirmed that Wade will play when London’s O2 hosts the penultimate round of Premier League’s regular season on Thursday night, when he will face world number one Peter Wright in the quarter-finals.

Unicorn Darts tweeted the news: “We are delighted to confirm that Team Unicorn star @JamesWade180 will return to action tomorrow for the Premier League at the O2 arena in London. Great to have you back James!”

While Wade, seven points clear of Gerwyn Price in fifth, is almost assured of a play-off spot, it is a huge night for Wright, who is in poor form and is clinging on to a top-four place.

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