Gary Anderson pulls out darts Premier League with injury
Scots two-time world champion says he risks 'long-term damage' if he plays.
Two-time world champion Gary Anderson has pulled out of the darts Premier League due to a back injury.
The Scot said he risked "long-term damage" if he played in the event, which is due to start on Thursday in Newcastle and visit Glasgow the following week.
Anderson, who also missed last weekend's season-opening Masters tournament, said he had been advised to rest for a few weeks.
"I'm sorry to the fans that I won't be there this year, I'm as gutted as anybody to have to miss out," said Anderson.
"I've really tried to get myself right for the Premier League but it just hasn't been physically possible because I'm in such pain when I even try and have a little practice and it would risk long-term damage if I was to do anything other than rest and undergo treatment at the moment.
"This isn't a decision I've taken lightly but I don't want to let the fans and myself down by putting in performances well below what is expected of me due to my injury.
"My physio has advised me to rest for a few weeks to increase my chances of coming back stronger for the rest of the year and reduce the likelihood of me suffering repeated problems."
Anderson will be replaced by fellow Scots star John Henderson in the Aberdeen leg of the tournament on March 7.
The Professional Darts Corporation said nine "contenders" would come into the Premier League, as future and local players make their debut.
Henderson, Chris Dobey, Glen Durrant, Steve Lennon, Luke Humphries, Nathan Aspinall, Max Hopp, Dimitri Van Den Bergh and Jeffrey De Zwaan will each take part in one evening during the opening nine nights.
Points won by the contenders will not count towards the league table, but their opponents will retain any points picked up from these matches.