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Peter Wright doubtful for World Darts Championship after health scare

Wright faces a race against time to recover (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Peter Wright's hopes of featuring in the 2017/18 World Championship are hanging in the balance after he was rushed to hospital with suspected gallstones.

The world number two was briefly hospitalised on Thursday and diagnosed with gallstones - small stones that form in the gallbladder and can trigger a sudden, intense abdominal pain.

Wright was released on Friday and returned to his Suffolk home - where he now faces a race against time to recover ahead of the upcoming World Championship at Alexandra Palace.

The reigning UK Open and German Masters champion is due to face Brazil's Diogo Portela in the opening round of the sport's show-piece on December 21.

Crowd favourite Wright has been forced to cancel all five scheduled exhibition appearances in the coming weeks as he aims to return to full health.

Seeded number two at Ally Pally, 'Snakebite' is hoping to culminate a memorable season by lifting the sport's most prestigious prize for the first time, having previously lost out to Michael van Gerwen in the 2014 final.

If Wright was to withdraw from the competition, Terry Jenkins would take his place as the highest ranked non-qualifier in accordance with the PDC's rule 3.7 and would effectively become the number two seed.

Since the news of his health scare, Wright has drifted from 9/1 to as long as 12/1 with Paddy Power in the World Championship outright market.



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