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Jelle Klaasen prepared to push the pain barrier in quest for Premier League success in Rotterdam

Klaasen is relishing his Rotterdam debut (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Jelle Klaasen is aiming to shrug off a persistent wrist injury and pick up a valuable two points in front of an expectant Rotterdam crowd on Thursday night.

Klaasen marks his debut at the Rotterdam Ahoy with a show-down against 2009 Premier League champion James Wade and is out to lift himself off the foot of the table.

The quick-fire Dutchman has just three points to his name, two adrift of Adrian Lewis in eighth and is in desperate need of a victory prior to Judegment Night in two week's time.

Klaasen continues to battle against a tendonitis problem in his wrist and hopes the adrenaline rush of playing in front of a capacity home crowd can lead him to victory.
 
"It's the biggest crowd I've played in front of and it's going to be awesome," said Klaasen. "I heard from Raymond that it was his best experience ever last year and even Michael was a little bit nervous.
 
"I just want to enjoy it. The Premier League so far isn't how I imagined it would be but I feel good and it's nice to play in Holland.
 
"It's not about the crowd though," added Klaasen, featuring in his first Premier League since 2009. "It's all about how my wrist will feel during the game. 

"I had two more anti-inflammatory injections in my wrist this week, and if it's not better in the next two months I need surgery.
 
"It's all about how long I can play without the pain; normally about five or six legs into the game I feel it hurting even more and then my level drops.
 
"I've heard all the comments that I can't close out games, but it's not about that it's just that my wrist is getting tired. I hope I can have a good day and get to seven legs."


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