JAMIE Hughes is giving his injury woes the elbow

JAMIE Hughes is giving his injury woes the elbow after a social media joke backfired that docs had operated on his wrong arm!

The Tipton ace went under the knife earlier in the week to sort the arm ailment that he has suffered for 18 months since just after he won the Czech Darts Open.

He was initially treated for pain and mobility issues within the joint, before an MRI scan last October discovered a piece of loose bone.

Yozza, 34, is facing between six and ten weeks to recover from the op to remove the bone, but caused an amusing storm on Twitter when he said that the medics had worked on the wrong arm.

He said: “I was delighted to finally have the op and thought I’d have a bit of a laugh on Twitter. But people thought I was being serious and I had hundreds of messages from everyone thinking that the wrong arm had been operated on!

“So I quickly put up another post to tell everyone that it was a joke. That will teach me to try and be funny.

“Seriously though, I’m very happy to finally get this sorted. It’s not been an easy situation to finally get finalised in hospital because of the Covid-19 pandemic. But I’d like to say a huge thanks to the NHS for their brilliant care. They are under huge pressure right now. However, they still were outstanding to me.

“Now I can get on and recuperate until tournaments get back underway. I think I will have extra time because of the pandemic so it was good to get it out of the way.

“The elbow has been troubling me for far too long. I know for a fact that it has stopped me progressing and now I can hopefully have a clean bill of health.”

Hughes lost in straight sets to Adam Hunt in the second round of the William Hill World Darts Championship last month and will now focus on a full recovery before the UK Open.

He added: “I know I haven’t done myself justice over the past year or so. Ironically I’ve not been right since that Czech Open win.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that I can move up the rankings. I’ve been lucky to have great people behind me like Red Dragon, Flexi Narrow Aisle, Total Hire and TXODDS who have backed me to return to my best.

“I’ve got a couple of months to let the arm heal and then get back on the practice board. I honestly can’t wait to get throwing again without any pain and movement issues.”

By Phil Lanning