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Article: Wright fears over wife Jo operation

Wright fears over wife Jo operation

By Phil Lanning


PETER WRIGHT fears his wife could end up in a wheelchair as she goes in for a vital operation on her back.

The reigning World Champion is worried as Jo, who produces his amazing hair designs, has a major spine op today (Sat) after it was cancelled last month because of the Covid-19 crisis.

Wright, 50, said: “I’m very nervous about it to be honest. It is a massive worry for us. It’s a very big operation as it is on her spine.

“But it will also put her into the vulnerable category for coronavirus. We’ve been through this as a family and Jo was adamant she wanted to go ahead with it.

“The operation could go wrong and she could end up in a wheelchair.

“I’m always a house husband anyway, I do all the work. I can’t even escape now to play darts all over Europe, so I have to do as I’m told or I’m in deep trouble!

“The strange thing is that this enforced time at home has worked out really well for us. Because if the op had gone ahead I would have been at home permanently to look after Jo which I couldn’t have done if I’d been away playing.

“I did say to her the plan was I would miss the Premier League if she wanted me to. But she said no way, I was to carry on playing.

“It’s a condition that Jo has in her spine that has progressively got worse over the years. It’s giving her pain with nerves so the operation has to happen, she is having her spine fused together in the lumber region and will be in hospital for 3-5 days. It will also include four to six screws and plate or rods put in her spine.”

World No.2 Wright will hope Jo is recuperating after her op when he takes his place in the last 32 of the PDC Home Tour on Tuesday night.

Snakebite is the top seeded player left in the competition alongside the likes of Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Nathan Aspinall, Glen Durrant and Dave Chisnall.

He added: “Of course I’ll hit the practice board now. I think Dimitri will help me. I’m still in the competition, I’m the World Champion and I think I’ll win it. You ain’t seen nothing yet!

“It was a tough last group to win over Justin Pipe, Krzysztof Ratajski and Adam Hunt. Justin is always awesome, he never gives up. It’s never easy playing Justin. I used to look up to Justin when I was trying to get better and improve myself when he was winning all the Players Championships. He’s a quality guy and a quality dart player.

“We all know that Krzysztof is a fantastic player and he’s going to get even better in the future. He’s immense.

“All he does is practice and practice and try and be better than anyone else. Respect to him, he’s a hard man to beat.

“But obviously my first concern right now is Jo and that she comes through this op all safe and successful.”

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