Michael van Gerwen blames shower with wife Daphne Govers for back injury

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Darts legend Michael van Gerwen has revealed the unusual cause of an injury to his back. The Dutchman says he pulled a muscle while sharing a shower with his wife.

Van Gerwen, 31, who will be competing at the PDC World Darts Championship this week, recently suffered a recurrence of the long-standing injury. 

Taking part in the PDC World Cup of Darts in November, Van Gerwen almost had to pull out of the tournament such was the seriousness of the problem.

“I had serious problems last month,” he said. “I had full hospital checks.

“But I feel good now. The people around me are checking me well.

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“It was a twitch and nerves behind my ribs, against my lungs. So this part of my body was in pain.”

 The three-time former world champion admitted the problem began in the most expected manner – showering with wife Daphne Govers.

“The previous time, I didn’t slip over in the shower. I coughed,” he added.

“I was with my missus in the shower — because we always shower together. It’s good.

“I was sitting in the shower. I started having a cough and pulled my back. That’s how it happened.”

Ranked number one in the world, Van Gerwen goes in the showpiece event at Alexandra Palace as the favourite to claim the crown.  

Having lost the final to Peter Wright last year, MVG hopes to win back the title he last claimed in 2019. 

Van Gerwen will face either Scotland’s Ryan Murphy or Filipino player Lourence Ilagan in the second round.

The Green Machine believes he is over his injury but remains cautious ahead of the tournament.

He added: “Am I worried about it? No. You need to make sure you have the right people around you to make sure you’re right for the next round.

“The doctors don’t know what has caused it. It could happen to anyone they say.

“The most important thing was my lung and heart were OK. Nothing whatsoever. They’re in fully good condition.

“I never make excuses. Always blame yourself if you play badly. Otherwise you will never get any better.”

The Championship runs from December 15 to January 3 at the London venue with 1,000 fans expected to be in attendance. 

However, latest figures suggest that the capital may be forced to return to a Tier 3 lockdown, meaning the event would have to proceed behind closed doors. 

Van Gerwen admitted that he would be disappointed with this as he prefers to play in front of a crowd.

“I’m a stage player,” he claimed.  

“If crowds are against me or back me — I don’t care, I want to perform for them, give it a go.

“The adrenaline in my body pumps up. I don’t have that now.

“That was a bit difficult to be fair for me. But everyone has to deal with the situation.”

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