Unicorn star Gary Anderson has pledged to do all he can to win back-to-back UK Open titles.

He will return to action on Friday night in Minehead despite a long standing back injury which forced him to withdraw from the 2019 Premier League.

His last competitive action came in the semi-finals of the World Championship when he lost to Michael Van Gerwen two months ago.

Anderson has been receiving intensive treatment and will have to pick and choose his tournaments as he bids to get back on track.

“To be honest, I’ve missed the competition,” he said. “I have no idea how I will go this weekend because I haven’t thrown much at all. It has all been about getting the best possible treatment to give me the best possible chance.”

Anderson and the rest of the top 64 in the world enter the UK Open on Friday night, so we will know then how much progress he has made.

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Meanwhile as far as the rest of Team Unicorn is concerned, it was a good weekend in South Yorkshire for Ted Evetts. ‘Super Ted’ hit a superb 9 darter in Barnsley at the Euro Tour qualifiers. He also won through to the first event of the year in Leverkusen next month at the European Darts Open.

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And there was double success for Dimitri van den Bergh. The young Unicorn ace qualified for Leverkusen and the German Darts Championship in Hildesheim at the end of March.

Other Unicorn qualifiers were Adam Hunt, Kim Huybrechts and Jeffrey de Zwaan for ET 1, while Madars Razma and Keegan Brown will play at ET 2

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At the latest Players Championship weekend, James Wade, Ian White and Kyle Anderson reaches the quarter-finals across the two days in Barnsley

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But there was disappointment for Wade and Michael Smith at the latest Premier League night in Dublin. Wade threw away a good position as he drew with Gerwyn Price and Smith is still looking for a first win. He was beaten by Daryl Gurney in Ireland.

Story by STUART PYKE