Premier League champion Durrant tests positive for coronavirus ahead of European Tour finale

Newly-crowned Premier League champion Glen Durrant has tested positive for coronavirus ahead of the upcoming European Tour finale in Riesa.

Durrant lifted his maiden major title last Thursday evening behind closed doors in Coventry, beating both Gary Anderson and Nathan Aspinall in the Premier League Play-Offs.

The three-time BDO world champion has now received a setback after testing positive for Covid-19, forcing him to miss this weekend’s International Darts Open.

In line with government guidelines, Durrant will subsequently undergo a period of self-isolation at his home in Middlesbrough until testing negative.

Durrant is amongst six withdrawals from this weekend’s £140,000 tournament, with Niels Zonneveld, world champion Peter Wright, Ryan Murray, Kyle Anderson and Dirk van Duijvenbode also not travelling.

Eight players will now come through Thursday’s Host Nation Qualifier in Riesa as a result, meaning a staggering eleven German throwers will compete at the final European Tour staging of the season.

All other players and event staff have tested negative for the virus ahead of the International Darts Open, including both Adrian Lewis and Stephen Bunting.

Lewis and Bunting recently tested positive ahead of the World Grand Prix, but both former world champions will return to the oche this weekend after fully recovering.

(Featured Image: Chris Sargeant/Tip Top Pics)

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