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Carter diagnosed with cancer

ESPN staff
July 1, 2013
Ali Carter is hoping for a speedy return to the tour © Getty Images

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."

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