BURNHAM-ON-SEA star Gary Anderson has withdrawn from Premier League Darts due to a back injury.

Anderson, 48, has undergone treatment on his back since the World Darts Championship at the turn of the year.

Now, on medical advice, the two-time champion will not play in the Premier League, which begins this Thursday in Newcastle.

The Burnham resident had been due to play Mensur Suljovic on the opening night this week.

Anderson said in a statement: "I'm sorry to the fans that I won't be there this year, I'm as gutted as anybody to have to miss out.

"I've really tried to get myself right for the Premier League but it just hasn't been physically possible because I'm in such pain when I even try and have a little practice.

"It would risk long-term damage if I was to do anything other than rest and undergo treatment at the moment.

"This isn't a decision I've taken lightly but I don't want to let the fans and myself down by putting in performances well below what is expected of me due to my injury.

"My physio has advised me to rest for a few weeks to increase my chances of coming back stronger for the rest of the year and reduce the likelihood of me suffering repeated problems."