The 33-year-old – nicknamed Yozza – has had a stellar first year in the PDC, rising to number 57 in the world.
But he was knocked out of the European Championships in the first round yesterday, losing 6-1 to Jermaine Wattimena.
And Hughes later revealed on Twitter that he has been battling an elbow problem.
He wrote: “Tried my best against Jermaine, best player won. Unfortunately I’ve had bursitis in my elbow for a good while. (I’m going to the) doctors on Tuesday looking to get sorted in time for the Worlds.”
Hughes, twice a BDO World Championship semi-finalist, only gained his PDC card in January’s qualifying school, but won the Czech Open in June – beating Simon Whitlock and Stephen Bunting along the way.
Jamie Hughes struggled with an elbow injury during his European Championship exit yesterday