Nathan Aspinall says he feels like a “new animal” after receiving good news about his troublesome wrist injury.
At one stage, it was feared the former UK Open champion would require a major operation, which would rule him out of action for nine months. The Asp played with medical tape on his arm at the world championships and opted to withdraw from the Masters in January.
It emerged he had suffered ligament damage, although that wasn’t the direct cause of the pain he was feeling. Following a recent hospital visit, he was given the all-clear to carry on playing and although he may still require an operation at some point in the future, it would only be minor surgery. The news is a massive relief to the 30-year-old, who is now looking forward to getting his career back on track.
“It’s been so tough with the injury, not knowing what I needed to do operation-wise, treatment-wise, but we’re finally there. I had some good news a couple of weeks ago that I didn’t need to have the op,” he told Online Darts TV.
“And it’s actually in a different area. Even though I actually tore my ligaments, the pain was coming from two bones in my wrist rubbing together. I had a cortisone injection and hopefully that should be the end of it.
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“If not, it’ll be an operation to shave a bit of the bone away – that’s only four weeks [out]. So massive positives. Finding out that news cleared my head, I’m a new animal again, and I’ve backed it up with some fantastic results on the Pro Tour. I’ve missed two or three months, I’m hungry to get back and I’m playing well. I’m looking forward to the rest of the year.
“It’s a massive weight off my shoulders. Over the last three or four months I’ve been playing wondering ‘am I going to snap it, am I going to need an operation, am I going to come back? All these thoughts going through my head. I love this game and I want to be at the top. As soon as I was told I wouldn’t need an operation, that an injection would sort it, I was on top of the world.”
Aspinall is in Graz for this weekend’s Austrian Darts Open. He will begin his campaign in the second round on Saturday against Wesley Plaisier, who beat Matt Campbell in the first round on Friday.
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