PDC Darts rocked by yet another withdrawal as Chisnall joins MVG on sidelines

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Dave Chisnall is the latest big name darts players to be eliminated from the PDC World Championship due to Covid.

Chisnall joins Michael van Gerwen and Vincent van der Voort on the darting sidelines, after the Dutch pair also tested positive for the virus.

A PDC statement read: "Dave Chisnall has withdrawn from the William Hill World Darts Championship after testing positive for Covid-19 ahead of his match with Luke Humphries.

"Humphries will receive a bye to the last 16 and Wednesday afternoon's session will continue with two matches.

"Jose de Sousa will play Alan Soutar, and Nathan Aspinall then plays Callan Rydz."

World number 14 Chisnall had cruised past 69th ranked Belgian Mike de Decker in his first match of the tournament last week.

A 3-0 victory had set up a third-round tie with 19th ranked Humphries, who now progresses to face fellow Englishman Chris Dobey.

Dobey was given a bye too after Van Gerwen was forced to pull out of their clash, much to the disappointment of fans and players alike.

The world number three was the tournament's most decorated star, and defending champion Gerwyn Price admitted it is worse off without him.

He posted on social media: “Now this tournament is devalued. I'd rather play the best to be the best, absolutely sick for these players having to pull out over Covid.”

Chisnall has become the third player to pull out with a 10-day self-isolation period preventing him from competing.

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