Two-time World Championship finalist Ali Carter is ready for the fight ahead after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.
World Snooker released a statement yesterday confirming that the 33-year-old found out about the illness last week and would undergo surgery today.
It is a further health scare for Carter, nicknamed 'the Captain', to deal with having been diagnosed with Crohn's disease back in 2003, but the Essex man is already looking forward to his recovery.
"Thank you to everyone for the support! Just want to get through this week then I will concentrate on getting better. Love you all!" he tweeted.
Six-time World finalist Jimmy White, who has survived testicular cancer, said: "Sending my love to @TheCaptain147 I know you've got the strength to beat it mate."
Ireland will be represented by a team of eight athletes at the World Youth Championships in Donetsk, the Ukraine next week.
In the past Irish athletes have won three medals at these championships: a gold by Waterford walker Kate Veale, and silver medals by Ciara Mageean in the 1500m and Ann Loughnane in the 5,000m walk.
Six members of the Irish team will participate in the field events, which reflects the excellent coaching structures that are in place. David Cussen of Old Abbey AC is an exciting prospect for the high jump, having achieved a lifetime best recently of 2.05m.
Graeme Swann's painful blow to the forearm from Tymal Mills caused only "split-second" concerns for his England batting partner Tim Bresnan at Chelmsford.
Swann was struck on his bowling arm and needed treatment from the physio, as did Bresnan when he was hit on the helmet grille in the same over from Essex left-arm fast bowler Mills on day two of England's Ashes warm-up match.
But England's off-spinner felt able to bat on for another nine overs as he and centurion Bresnan put on 187 together for the eighth wicket in a total of 413-9 declared.
Swann (94) later went to hospital for an X-ray, which cleared him of any break – and although he spent the remainder of the day off the field as Essex replied with 231-9, England could breathe a sigh of relief just nine days before the start of the Ashes.
Jaik Mickleburgh (90) underpinned Essex's batting, while for England there was the encouraging sight of Joe Root taking 4-57 with his improving off-spin in Swann's absence.
The most pleasing news, however, came with the X-ray all-clear – confirmation of what Bresnan felt he already knew.
"For a split second I was (concerned), and then I could see he could grip the bat," he said of Swann. "If he's got his grip and can move his wrist, it's generally not broken."