Graeme Dott‘s broken wrist looks set to rule him out of the Royal London Watches Grand Prix in his native Glasgow.
The 2006 world champion suffered the injury playing football in China last week, forcing him to withdraw from the Shanghai Masters.
The Rangers fan is not optimistic about being able to play in the Grand Prix, which starts on Saturday, after doctors told him he faces a six to eight-week lay-off.
“It’s not looking good at the moment,” Dott said. “I’m going to give myself every chance to play, but it’s still pretty painful.”
The world number 13 fell awkwardly while saving a powerful shot during a kickabout with his fellow players outside his hotel in China.
He said: “I knew it was pretty bad when I did it, but I was hoping it was going to be a sprain instead of a break.
“I went straight to a hospital and they recommended I have an operation when I got home, which I did. Whatever I did, I had to have a plaster cast on my wrist.”
Dott will attempt to play through the pain at his local snooker club on Friday but with his bridging likely to be impeded, he is not expected to be able to compete this weekend.
He said: “I wouldn’t be devastated if I missed the tournament, but I’d be pretty upset, especially because it’s in Glasgow.
“If I do pull out then I’ll probably have to miss the following tournament, the Bahrain International, which would be a nightmare for my ranking points.”