Darts legend James Wade being kept in hospital after withdrawing from tournament with 'heart problem'

Wade remains in a German hospital who have deemed him not well enough to return home

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Darts legend James Wade is being kept in hospital after a "worrying heart problem" forced him to withdraw from a tournament in Germany.

Wade, 39, was due to compete European Darts Open semi-final clash against Dimitri Van den Bergh on Sunday before withdrawing with health concerns.

According to his team, the "Aldershot Ace" underwent a number of tests after suffering from a racing heart rate, high blood pressure, nausea and dizziness.

James Wade
James Wade

His wife Samantha, who is expecting their second child, said Wade was on the mend, although he was not well enough to come home.

James Wade during day fourteen of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace
James Wade during day fourteen of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace

She said: "It was very worrying on Sunday night and into Monday and it's horrible to think of James there by himself when he has been so poorly.

"Clearly we want him at home as quickly as possible but the medical staff have been amazing with James and he is hugely grateful for the compassion and care that they have shown him.

"We are taking their advice on when it will be safe for him to return home.

"James is desperate to make sure he doesn't let anyone down and is already talking about returning to competitive action for the people that have bought tickets.

"While that is his nature, I am sure everyone would agree that him making a full recovery is the most important thing and we will be taking it day by day but I know he will be itching to play as soon as possible."