GARY Anderson is confident he will be back to his best for the Betfair World Matchplay in Blackpool following his recent eye problems.
The Scot was forced to withdraw from the German Darts Championship after struggling to focus through his left eye.
He has since missed the Players Championships in Crawley and the European Darts Open in Dusseldorf, though specialists are hopeful he can recover without an operation on the tear duct.
Anderson will return to the oche at the Winter Gardens, and plays Dean Winstanley in the first round a week tomorrow, the same night that Fylde coast favourites Ronnie Baxter and Wes Newton enter the fray against Dave Chisnall and James Hubbard respectively.
Anderson said; “It’s been a hard time, but hopefully I’m on the road to recovery.
“My eyeball was drying up, and every time I blinked it was like I was rubbing sandpaper over my eye.”
Another player Anderson will be following closely in Blackpool is qualifier Michael Smith, who he has managed for 18 months.
Smith, 21, continued his emergence this year by winning a second Players Championship title, and will play Raymond van Barneveld on Saturday’s opening night.
Anderson added: “Michael’s still finding his feet on the big stage and learning how to play in front of the TV cameras, but if he settles down early in his match he has a great chance.
“He’ll certainly give Raymond a hard game.”
Tickets are still available by calling the Winter Gardens box office on 0844 856 1111 or by visiting www.blackpoollive.com.