Four-time world champion Mark Selby hopes he is on the mend as he receives ongoing physio treatment for a neck problem.
Selby compiled a 137 break in a 5-2 defeat to Yuan Sijun in the opening round of the European Masters earlier this month, but struggled with the discomfort of a bulging disc at the top of his spine.
“The MRI scan came back Thursday evening, showing protruding disc C5 C6. Exactly same area as before," said Selby on Twitter.
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"Seems to be easing a little compared to a week or so ago, so hope it’s going the right way.
"Good thing is I can still get down on the shot with less discomfort than I did in Germany so hopefully on the mend. More physio on Tuesday.”
The world No. 3 endured a similar problem in 2012 when he was forced to withdraw from the China Open before losing 10-3 to Barry Hawkins in the first round of the World Championship after playing through the pain barrier.
Selby is set to return to action at the World Mixed Doubles next month (24-25 September) in Milton Keynes.
He will team up with Rebecca Kenna against Ronnie O'Sullivan and Reanne Evans, Judd Trump and Ng On Yee and Neil Robertson/Mink Nutcharut at the inaugural event.
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