Darts legend Phil Taylor issues health update after undergoing op

-Credit: (Image: Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
-Credit: (Image: Naomi Baker/Getty Images)


Darts legend Phil Taylor has informed his fans that he will be returning to action following a recent operation. The 63-year-old, who ended his professional darts career in 2018, has continued to entertain on the World Seniors Darts Tour.

His performance, however, has been hindered due to arthritis in his hip, not quite reflecting the top-level stature that helped him secure an unparalleled 16 world championships.

After an early exit from the senior championships in February and with plans to retire permanently at the year's end, Phil, from Burslem, is keen not to fade away quietly.

Thus, in June, he underwent surgery to address the pain affecting his gameplay. The Power updated his followers via social media over the weekend about his recovery progress, reports the Mirror.

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He said: "Hi everybody, Phil the Power. Just to let you know I've had my operation, everything's fine because a lot of people have been asking me about it. I'm off my crutches now which is great.

"It's been three weeks on Monday. So another three weeks and I'll be on the practice board getting ready for the seniors. Hopefully now everything will be back to normal, that's the plan. See you soon, keep well, stay safe."

Phil is eyeing the World Seniors Matchplay this coming October at York's Barbican, where he hopes to make amends for his previous loss in the inaugural event's final against Robert Thornton in 2022, where he was narrowly defeated 12-10.

He's also slated for a showing at the World Seniors Darts Masters, set to take place at Sunderland's Rainton Arena come November. This event is poised to be the swansong of his distinguished career.

Speaking of his decision when announcing his second retirement last year, Phil commented: "It's been an unbelievable journey over the past 35 years and I've loved every minute of it," adding "I'll always love performing to the best of my ability.

"But time waits for no man and I know now is the right time to step away from the Tour. I'm going to be working just as hard as I always have to make sure I give the fans what they want and go out on top."

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