Carter diagnosed with cancer
Former World Championship finalist Ali Carter has vowed to return to action as quickly as possible after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The 33-year-old, who has previously fought a battle with the debilitating Crohn's disease, was given the news last week and will undergo surgery on Tuesday.
He will then begin chemotherapy, but is focusing on a quick return to the snooker tour.
"I hope to be back in action soon," Carter said, in a statement on World Snooker's official website.
Carter, nicknamed 'The Captain' has won three ranking titles in his career, reaching No. 2 in the world rankings at one stage. He is a two-time Crucible finalist - losing to Ronnie O'Sullivan in both 2008 and 2012.
World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn added: "Ali has shown in his battle against Crohn's disease that he is a fighter. 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."