Two-time World Snooker Championship finalist Ali Carter has been diagnosed with testicular cancer and will undergo surgery tomorrow before beginning a program of chemotherapy.
World Snooker's official website stated that Carter was given the news by his doctor last week.
Carter, 33, was quoted as saying: "I hope to be back in action soon."
This is not the first health concern Carter has had to face, with the Colchester-born player being diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2003 which Carter managed to battle through, keep under control and go onto become one of the best snooker players on the circuit.
Everyone involved with snooker will be hoping Carter can use the same fighting spirit to beat cancer, with Barry Hearn pointing towards 'The Captain's' fighting strength.
"Ali has shown in his battle against Crohn's disease that he is a fighter," the World Snooker chairman commented.
"We hope for a positive outcome and everyone in snooker is 100 per cent behind him. We look forward to seeing him back on the circuit soon."
Carter's most recent snooker performance came at this year's World Championship, where he was defeated by the eventual winner Ronnie O'Sullivan in the last 16 stage of the tournament.
This was not the first time Carter had been eliminated from the competition at the hands of O'Sullivan, with 'The Captain' being defeated in both the 2008 and 2012 finals.
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