Darts: Michael Van Gerwen among withdrawals for next Players Championship events
Michael van Gerwen after losing his semi-final match to Luke Humphries at the 2021 UK Open. (Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Conditional entries have now been announced for the trio of events which are set to take place at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.

Michael van Gerwen is the biggest name to withdraw from the events which will act as a precursor before the Premier League begins.

MVG had an indifferent opening Super Series exiting the tournament over the four days at different points to Lewy Williams, Darius Labanauskas, Damon Heta and Jonny Clayton without a title claimed.

He then headed to the UK Open where he lost out in the semi-finals to Luke Humphries.

MVG to miss PDC Super Series 2

This means that the biggest names involved will include Gerwyn Price, Peter Wright, Gary Anderson, Raymond van Barneveld, and top seed Joe Cullen.

Joining the World Number Two on the withdrawal list is Wesley Harms and Cristo Reyes who have not been seen on the tour in over a year due to Covid travelling and quarantine restrictions.

Florian Hempel and Robert Marijanovic who didn’t participate in both the Super Series and UK Open and in the case of the latter, certain aspects have had to be sorted in his life to commit to the tour.

While Michael Unterbuchner competed in the first lot of ProTours but didn't head to the UK Open, he is not set to return to the UK for the second Super Series.

Harald Leitinger was expected to begin his season but now won't play any part.

This means that the likes of Chas Barstow, Luc Peters, Lorenzo Pronk, Rusty-Jake and Rowby-John Rodriguez, Gino Vos and Michael Rasztovits will be involved as Associate Member qualifiers.

Players Championships 5-8 (PDC Super Series 2) entries:

Gary Anderson

Lisa Ashton

Nathan Aspinall

Martin Atkins

Danny Baggish

Keane Barry

Chas Barstow

Steve Beaton

Aaron Beeney

Gary Blades

William Borland

Andy Boulton

Bradley Brooks

Keegan Brown

Steve Brown

John Brown

Stephen Bunting

Dave Chisnall

Brett Claydon

Jonny Clayton

Gabriel Clemens

Rob Cross

Joe Cullen

Mike De Decker

José de Sousa

Geert De Vos

Jeffrey de Zwaan

Chris Dobey

Brendan Dolan

Glen Durrant

Matthew Edgar

Ritchie Edhouse

David Evans

Ricky Evans

Ted Evetts

Adam Gawlas

Andrew Gilding

Daryl Gurney

Andy Hamilton

Jason Heaver

John Henderson

Damon Heta

Max Hopp

Peter Hudson

Jamie Hughes

Luke Humphries

Adam Hunt

Kim Huybrechts

Peter Jacques

Wayne Jones

Jake Jones

Ryan Joyce

Krzysztof Kciuk

Nick Kenny

Mervyn King

Jelle Klaasen

Martijn Kleermaker

Boris Koltsov

Boris Krcmar

Maik Kuivenhoven

Darius Labanauskas

Daniel Larsson

Steve Lennon

Zoran Lerchbacher

Kai Fan Leung

Adrian Lewis

Eddie Lovely

Jason Lowe

Martin Lukeman

Jack Main

Mickey Mansell

Gordon Mathers

Mark McGeeney

Ryan Meikle

Ron Meulenkamp

John Michael

Scott Mitchell

Joe Murnan

Ryan Murray

Geert Nentjes

Jesus Noguera

Danny Noppert

William O'Connor

Josh Payne

Darren Penhall

Luc Peters

Devon Petersen

Justin Pipe

Gerwyn Price

Lorenzo Pronk

Michael Rasztovits

Krzysztof Ratajski

Madars Razma

Rusty-Jake Rodriguez

Rowby-John Rodriguez

Callan Rydz

Martin Schindler

Ryan Searle

Karel Sedlacek

Kirk Shepherd

Steffen Siepmann

Ross Smith

Jeff Smith

Michael Smith

Alan Soutar

Mensur Suljovic

Alan Tabern

Ciaran Teehan

Derk Telnekes

Raymond van Barneveld

Dimitri Van den Bergh

Vincent van der Voort

Dirk van Duijvenbode

Berry van Peer

Gino Vos

James Wade

Scott Waites

Jermaine Wattimena

Darren Webster

Steve West

Ian White

Simon Whitlock

Lewis Williams

James Wilson

Luke Woodhouse

Jon Worsley

Peter Wright

Niels Zonneveld