Snooker: Former World Championship runner-up Ali Carter in new cancer battle
Last Updated: 24/05/14 5:57pm
Ali Carter (right) playing Mark Selby at the World Championship last month
Snooker player Ali Carter has been diagnosed with lung cancer and will undergo a course of chemotherapy, World Snooker announced on Saturday.
The 34-year-old from Chelmsford, who suffers from Crohn's disease, made a recovery from testicular cancer last summer and has played the majority of this tour.
The two-time World Championship runner-up was due to play in the Wuxi Classic qualifiers in Gloucester this weekend, but has since withdrawn from the event.
"Ali is the toughest competitor I know and having spoken to him over the last few days I can assure everyone he has the fight to get through the battle ahead."
World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association chairman Jason Ferguson said: "Ali is the toughest competitor I know and having spoken to him over the last few days I can assure everyone he has the fight to get through the battle ahead.
"I know that the world will be looking forward to Ali returning to action and I am sure that all of our friends, fans and partners will join with me in wishing Ali a full recovery."
Carter is a three-time ranking tournament winner, having landed titles at the 2009 Welsh Open, 2010 Shanghai Masters and 2013 German Masters.
A professional since 1996, Carter is ranked 13th in the world and has been as high as number two in his career.
He played at the recent World Championship in Sheffield where he lost to eventual tournament winner Mark Selby in the second round.