BREAKING: Michael Van Gerwen is OUT of World Darts Championship after positive Covid test as Chris Dobey goes straight into last-16
- Michael Van Gerwen was due to face-off with Chris Dobey on Tuesday night
- The Dutchman has been forced to pull out after contracting coronavirus
- He follows Vincent van der Voort out of the competition amid the outbreak
- Dobey gets a bye into the last-16 as the three-time winner bows out
Three-time darts world champion Michael Van Gerwen has contracted Covid-19 and been forced to withdraw from the 2021 event just hours before facing Chris Dobey.
Dutchman Van Gerwen was set to play Dobey in the third round on Tuesday night at Alexandra Palace.
A statement from the PDC read: ‘Michael Van Gerwen has withdrawn from the William Hill World Darts Championship after testing positive for Covid-19 ahead of his match with Chris Dobey.
Michael Van Gerwen has been forced out of the World Darts Championship through Covid
‘Dobey will receive a bye to the last 16 and Tuesday evening’s session will continue with two matches.’
Van Gerwen becomes the third player forced out of the event following a positive coronavirus test, with fellow Dutchmen Vincent Van Der Voort and Raymond Van Barneveld also having withdrawn.
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