Shanghai Masters: Carter sets return date

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Ali Carter announced he will make his comeback to snooker at Shanghai Masters next month after being given all-clear from testicular cancer.

‘The Captain’ had been forced to withdraw from all competitions earlier this year to undergo treatment and revealed at the start of July that he would be having an operation.

Having had the surgery and a follow-up examination, the 33-year-old was delighted to reveal on his Twitter account that he would be back in action in China.

“Just had the best news ever! I’ve got the all clear!” he tweeted. “Will be back in action in the Shanghai Masters. Thankyou everyone for all your support!”

The Essex-based world number 17 had hoped to initially return at the rankings event in Rotterdam but was told not to rush his rehabilitation.

Carter, who also suffers with an autoimmune disorder called Crohn’s disease, will now hope to get his career back on track at the Shanghai Masters, which takes place from the 16 to 22 September.

The Englishman has won the event in the Far East previously, beating Jamie Burnett in the final in 2010, while he reached the quarter-finals last year, losing to John Higgins in the last eight.

Carter has won three rankings event in total, including the German Masters earlier this year, while he has also reached two World Championship finals, losing to Ronnie O’Sullivan on both occasions.

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